Trump Pardons Dinesh D'Souza, Who Pleaded Guilty To Campaign Finance Fraud
02 June, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Conrad Doyle
In any case, they conclude, the message behind the pardons should worry us "more than Mr. Trump clearing the record of some noxious clown". Really? said the message that can be taken from Trump's executive clemency is that "maybe the president is sending a signal of loyalty and reassurance to friends and family members who may soon find themselves facing similar criminal charges in connection with the special counsel's Russian Federation inquiry". Trump's picks so far, however, appear to be for people he knows whose cases have not been investigated by the office, Morison said.
Patti Blagojevich said on Fox News that her husband and the rest of their family "are all so grateful that the President is thinking of us".
"The president said, 'Dinesh, you have been a great voice for freedom.'" the controversial commentator, who pled guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign donations, said on Fox News.
As Simon Malloy of Media Matters pointed out, D'Souza himself admitted that was not "treated unfairly" by the court after he copped to knowingly violating campaign finance law by using his assistant and mistress as "straw donors".
It was not immediately clear who she was referring to, though CNN has previously reported that Blagojevich's conviction has ties to former FBI Director James Comey, who the President abruptly fired a year ago.
Donald Trump pardoned a firebrand conservative author on Thursday and signalled that similar clemency could be on the way for lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, the latest in a series of controversial pardons by the USA president.
Blagojevich was facing charges when he was on Trump's reality TV show, "Celebrity Apprentice", in 2010.
The U.S. Constitution gives the president the power to issue pardons, and Trump sometimes has used that authority to benefit convicted figures revered by some on the political right such as former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and Libby.
Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence after his 2010 conviction on corruption charges which included an attempt to sell President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
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Trump later shared his thoughts on Blagojevich and Stewart with the reporters accompanying him on Air Force One. Stewart was convicted in 2004 for obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
D'Souza went on by continuing his argument that he was a victim of "selective prosecution" in which the Obama-era justice system targeted him and other conservatives. Trump said Johnson had served 10 months in prison "for what many view as a racially motivated injustice".
Trump also said he is considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat who tried to sell President Barack Obama's former US senate seat.
Both cases prompted critics to accuse Mr Trump of abusing his pardoning power.
- Tim Murphy Premium for subscribers only (@timothypmurphy) May 31, 2018Trump pardons Dinesh D'Souza, another abhorrent, xenophobic racist. Conservative Republicans had sought a pardon for Libby for years. Closing the loophole would ensure that individuals who broke NY law could not evade accountability for any state crimes as a result of a strategically-timed pardon by the president.
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