Trump called campaign finance charges 'fishy,' says pardoned conservative author
02 June, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
D'Souza also blamed former Attorney General Eric Holder and former NY federal prosecutor Preet Bharara.
D'Souza is a best-selling author of several books critical of the American left and the influence of religion on U.S. society.
President Donald Trump says he is considering commuting the sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoningMartha Stewart.
Mr. D'Souza, who has written several books, thanked Mr. Trump for the pardon. He told reporters on Air Force One on Thursday that he is considering using his clemency power in other high-profile cases, as well. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"
Trump said he was seriously considering commuting the sentence of Blagojevich, the Democratic former governor serving a 14-year prison sentence on numerous counts of corruption, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama. In April, the ex-governor's wife, Patti Blagojevich, made a plea for a pardon on Fox News. He also noted that Blagojevich is a Democrat.
Blagojevich was facing charges when he was on Trump's reality TV show, "Celebrity Apprentice", in 2010.
Stewart - who had her own "Apprentice" show in 2005, a spinoff of Trump's show - was prosecuted by James Comey when he was the USA attorney in Manhattan. "Then he got fired & I got pardoned", D'Souza wrote.
Mr. Trump has been arguing for months that he is the victim of selective justice, contending that the investigation into contacts between his campaign and Russian Federation in 2016 and actions he took that some consider obstruction was nothing more than a "witch hunt" while the F.B.I. should be putting Democrats like Hillary Clinton in prison instead. He is also a former commentator on NPR. It's a transparently political move that ignores the fact that D'Souza admitted in court that he knew he was breaking the law, and lets prominent Trump supporters know that they can flagrantly commit crimes and expect a pardon down the line. "Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views".
A judge rejected that defense, calling it "all hat, no cattle".
D'Souza also took the opportunity to take more shots at Preet Bharara, the Obama-era USA attorney whose office oversaw the prosecution against him. A pardon or commutation granted by the president applies only to federal crimes, says Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman and professor of political science at the University of IL at Chicago. "That is what we did in this case and what we will continue to do". At the time, the legal limit for an individual contribution was $5,000.
The president, who has never met D'Souza or spoken to him, last night called him on the phone to inform him about his decision. D'Souza, who spent eight months in a halfway house in San Diego, said he was grateful he is no longer labelled a felon and can vote again.
Underwood called on lawmakers to act now to close New York's double jeopardy loophole and ensure that anyone who evades federal justice by virtue of a politically expedient pardon can be held accountable if they violate NY law.
She said she had been heartened by the suggestion that Trump might pardon her husband, even after Obama, a member of Blagojevich's own party, had declined to do so.
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