President mulls commuting Blagojevich's term, pardoning Stewart

President mulls commuting Blagojevich's term, pardoning Stewart

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday he will pardon conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to illegally funneling campaign funds to the 2012 Republican challenger to Sen.

Critics believe the US president's motivation for pardoning these particular public figures is to send a message to the US Department of Justice and the FBI amid as Robert Mueller continues special counsel investigation.

D'Souza also thanked Trump on Twitter: "Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America".

"The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these", Bharara said on Twitter.

Mueller in recent weeks has issued subpoenas to two of Stone's associates.

D'Souza admitted to having illegally used straw donors to contribute to a Republican Senate candidate in NY in 2012.

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Trump tweeted that D'Souza "was treated very unfairly by our government!"

James Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director a year ago and has repeatedly assailed, was the lead federal prosecutor in Stewart's case and played a role in the prosecution of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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 United States president.

It's also worth noting that Blagojevich appeared on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" television show in 2010.

"I'm very grateful to President Trump for giving me those rights back", he continued.

The Democratic former governor was convicted on numerous counts of corruption, including for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama and for shaking down a children's hospital. An Indian-American political commentator, D'Souza has always been known for his bombastic political manifestos targeting figures like former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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In addition to pardoning D'Souza, Trump said Thursday that he's thinking about clemency for Martha Stewart, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, among "lots" of other people.

Mr Trump told reporters on Thursday aboard Air Force One that Stewart, best known as a famous homemaker and TV personality, was "to a certain extent ... harshly and unfairly treated".

Before he started making documentaries, D'Souza was a prominent conservative writer and pundit, and was briefly president of a Christian college in NY. "I got to tell you man-to-man you've been screwed,"' D'Souza told Fox & Friends in an interview. Arpaio was spared the prospect of serving jail time after a conviction stemming from his use of racially targeted immigration patrols. Trump pardoned Libby in April.

Trump also pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former vice president Dick Cheney's chief-of-staff who was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury, and Kristian Saucier, a US Navy sailor convicted of taking photos inside a nuclear submarine without permission.

Watchdog groups criticized D'Souza's pardon, saying it signaled the president's contempt for the rule of law.

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