Trump faces criticism for pardoning Indian-American commentator Dinesh D’Souza

Rosalie Gross
June 2, 2018

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he would grant full pardon to Dinesh D'Souza, an Indian-American conservative political commentator and filmmaker who was convicted for making an illegal campaign contribution. Legal observers also have suggested that the pardons could amount to a signal from the president to associates implicated in the Russian Federation probe that he would consider pardoning them.

"The president said 'Dinesh, you've been a great voice for freedom". He has since become an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump. Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion.

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.

A federal judge sentenced D'Souza to five years of probation with eight months in a community confinement center after he admitted to having "straw donors" donate thousands of dollars to New York Republican Wendy Long, a longtime acquaintance of his who was running for Senate in 2012. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"

Before pleading guilty in 2014, D'Souza insisted on his innocence and claimed he was targeted for federal prosecution because of his anti-Obama views.

Noting that Trump required Bharara to step down as USA attorney, D'Souza added: "KARMA IS A BITCH DEPT: @PreetBharara wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career".

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 past year.

"It's nearly like President Trump went through a list of potential crimes that he and his White House could be charged with and found pardons for other people to lay the groundwork", he said on CNN.

Blagojevich and Stewart also appeared on versions of Trump's former reality show "The Apprentice".

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

The democrat is now serving a 14-year prison sentence after being convicted on corruption charges related to a scheme to sell the Senate seat left vacant by then president-elect Barack Obama in 2008.

"If you look at what he said he said something to the effect like what do I get", Trump said.

Regarding Blagojevich, Trump said he was considering commuting his sentence, which he described as "really unfair" punishment for "foolish" behavior. A former top aide to Vice-President Dick Cheney, Libby was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of a Central Intelligence Agency officer.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he's considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and pardoning lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Stewart, who served a stint in federal prison after being convicted of charges related to a stock sale. "Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both", Mr. D'Souza said.

D'Souza in 2012 released an anti-Obama film, "2016: Obama's America", based on his 2010 book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage".

Last week, Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case.

Mr. D'Souza slammed Bharara in an radio interview too. Conservative Republicans had sought a pardon for Libby for years.

"The president's ad hoc use of the pardon power is concerning enough".

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