Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Pardoned conservative author's conviction was 'fishy'

Pardoned conservative author's conviction was 'fishy'

Trump tweeted his announcement about D'Souza as he left Washington Thursday for political events in Texas: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today". "If you read his statement, it was a foolish statement with a lot of bravado". "He shouldn't have been put in jail". He's not my party.

"I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated", Trump told reporters.

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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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday.

Rod Blagojevich's brother, Robert Blagojevich, told WBEZ that he also agrees that the former governor deserves to be released. "And he said he just wanted me to be out there, to be a bigger voice than ever, defending the principles that I believe in". "If you're wiretapped for 50 days and surveilled for 50 days, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the DOJ have an agenda against you, they're going to find something against you". As governor, he had the right to name someone to fill the Senate vacancy, but he was caught on Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretaps discussing ways to make money off of it.

The Democratic former governor began serving his 14-year prison sentence on corruption convictions in 2012.

The U.S. Constitution gives the president the power to issue pardons, and Trump sometimes has used that authority to benefit convicted figures revered by some on the political right such as former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and Libby.

"Look, there are plenty of people the president is looking at right now under the pardon process", he said. "He's given us something that has been hard to come by recently".

"We are all so grateful that the president is thinking of us in this way", she said.

Both had connections to Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show: Blagojevich was a contestant in 2010 and Stewart hosted a 2005 spinoff, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart".

Stewart - who had her own "Apprentice" show in 2005, a spinoff of Trump's show - was prosecuted by James Comey when he was the US attorney in Manhattan.

D'Souza, Blagojevich and Stewart had been convicted of such crimes as campaign-finance violations or lying to investigators-charges similar to those brought against Flynn, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and other Trump associates indicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation. Check back for more updates. "D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologised for his conduct [and] the judge found no unfairness", he tweeted. If you've followed D'Souza's career you know that he's just the dullest kind of partisan hack-one without even the bad sense of humor or weirdly enraging anti-charisma of a Sean Hannity or Ann Coulter. Trump pardoned Kristian Mark Saucier, who was convicted of unauthorized retention of defense information after using his cellphone to take unauthorized photos aboard the nuclear submarine USS Alexandria.

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