Trump muses about pardoning Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich

Tanya Cunningham
June 1, 2018

President Donald Trump has announced on Twitter that he will fully pardon conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza on Thursday. Schwinn said. Article II, Section 2 gives presidents the "power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment".

He has continued to protest his prosecution as political, and celebrated when Bharara was pushed out of office by the Trump administration. Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion.

Here's a closer look at Trump's fifth presidential pardon.

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

Trump granted the reprieve to D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to exceeding campaign donation limits in contributing to a long-shot Republican Senate candidate in NY. May 24, 2018: Trump pardoned boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend.

"The handful of pardons that President Trump has granted so far may appear to be scattershot, but they're beginning to show a distinct pattern-not just of who he believes is worthy of mercy, but of how he thinks about the justice system as a whole and about his power to bend it to his will", writes the New York Times editorial board today. Critics were quick to note Trump was subverting prosecutions involving his nemesis, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey; Comey's lawyer, Patrick Fitzgerald, the former U.S. attorney in Chicago; and Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired past year as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

D'Souza pleaded guilty. He "admitted that he knew that what he was doing was wrong and something the law forbids", the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said in a statement. The White House also noted that D'Souza "accepted responsibility for his actions" and completed community service.

The wife of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich made an emotional appeal to President Donald Trump to help her husband on Thursday, saying in an interview on Fox News that the President is "compassionate" and "knows how important it is that my husband gets home to be a father to our daughters". "The career prosecutors and agents did their job", he said.

Last August, Trump pardoned Arpaio less than a month after his conviction for criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling of Hispanics. 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.

D'Souza also often posted racist comments about former President Barack Obama, and as a student at Dartmouth University, he published an article titled "Dis Sho' Ain't No Jive, Bro" which was written in ebonics.

In February, D'Souza apologized for mocking Parkland, Florida, high school students who were upset after the Florida House voted down a proposed ban on a type of semi-automatic rifles known as assault weapons. The students had lost 17 classmates and teachers in a shooting that month. "Martha Stewart never would have gone to jail if she hadn't gone and testified". Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, has not yet decided whether he will attend.

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