Trump says he is considering pardoning Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich

Trump says he is considering pardoning Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich

Trump says he is considering pardoning Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich

D'Souza also spoke out on Twitter Thursday when President Trump made the announcement about his pardon.

Blagojevich 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. The president also said he was considering a pardon for Stewart, the celebrity lifestyle guru who served a stint in federal prison after being convicted of charges related to a stock sale.

"President Trump told me he felt I had been treated very unfairly and he felt that I was an important voice for America", D'Souza said.

Talking to reporters on board Air Force One, Trump said Blagojevich did something that "lots of politicians" do, adding his prison sentence was excessive for merely saying something dumb. Trump and Stewart later had a falling out, leading to public quarrels between the two reality stars. A long string of self-indulgent pardons can only raise serious worries that he'll start making abitrary use of more fearsome presidential powers.

The government said in court papers that D'Souza faced overwhelming evidence of guilt and "now seizes upon the fact that he is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration as an excuse to avoid the consequences of his actions". "Giuliani mentioned her case when discussing why they refuse an interview".

D'Souza is the latest controversial right-wing figure to get a reprieve from the president.

"The FBI did it to signal to the Obama Justice Department and its stooges that I was a political enemy they might want to prosecute". "Those are suggesting that his view of those offenses is that they are not offenses worthy of meting out punishment".

After D'Souza's pardon, some constitutional scholars, legal analysts and Democratic lawmakers accused Trump of undermining the rule of law with pardons based on political considerations.

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Trump noted that even though Blagojevich was Democrat, "He's not my party". He said he telephoned D'Souza on Wednesday night.

According to some political analysts, the pardons could be a signal to Trump allies who are now facing charges or are under investigation.

Experts say Trump's pardon instead looks like a message to Michael Cohen, who is also being investigated for campaign finance fraud.

D'Souza said his prosecution was politically motivated, in part because he had made a film highly critical of President Obama. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job".

In his first 17 months in office, Trump has granted three pardons, one commutation and one posthumous pardon, according to data from the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the agency that reviews clemency applications and makes recommendations to the White House.

Other pardons have included former Dick Cheney chief-of-staff Scooter Libby (charge: perjury and obstruction of justice) and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio (charge: contempt of a federal court order).

D'Souza admitted to having illegally used straw donors to contribute to a Republican Senate candidate in NY in 2012. Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, has not yet said if he will attend.

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