President Trump keeps pardoning his political friends

President Trump keeps pardoning his political friends

President Trump keeps pardoning his political friends

President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former IL governor's prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law. Trump said she was "unfairly treated" and "used to be my biggest fan in the world".

D'Souza is in the process of serving five years probation for illegally using straw donors to support Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long in 2012.

Trump also told reporters accompanying him to Texas that no one asked him to pardon D'Souza, whose case had become a cause in conservative circles.

Trump said Thursday that he is also considering pardoning Martha Stewart and pardoning or commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

D'Souza once called on comedienne Rosie O'Donnell to be prosecuted for violating campaign finance laws in a fashion similar to his case.

This is not the first time experts say Trump's pardons appear to be symbolic warning shots at special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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D'Souza, an outspoken critic of former President Barack Obama, had claimed that his prosecution by the Obama Justice Department was politically motivated, but the presiding federal judge said D'Souza had failed to prove it.

D'Souza pleaded guilty to a federal charge of making illegal campaign contributions in 2014. D'Souza, who comes from a Roman Catholic family from Goa, had launched campaign against both Obama and the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

D'Souza has argued that he was unfairly treated by the Obama administration. One Breitbart News story from 2015 compared his sentencing - he spent eight months in a halfway house and was required to attend counseling in lieu of jail - to Maoism.

In a book titled The End of Racism: Finding Values in an Age of Technoaffluence, D'Souza said slavery wasn't a racist institution and segregation "represented a compromise on the part of the Southern ruling elite seeking, in part, to protect blacks".

The surprise pardon comes as the the Trump administration pushes criminal justice reform.

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