Donald Trump may pardon ‘biggest fan’ Martha Stewart

Donald Trump may pardon ‘biggest fan’ Martha Stewart

Donald Trump may pardon ‘biggest fan’ Martha Stewart

Conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza expressed gratitude to President Trump for announcing a full pardon over his 2014 conviction on a campaign finance violation. He said, 'Dinesh, you've been a great voice for freedom, ' and he said, 'I've got to tell you man-to-man you've been screwed.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, convicted on perjury and obstruction of justice in Central Intelligence Agency leak case disclosing identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson, was pardoned in April. "I can not believe how stupid I was, how careless, and how irresponsible", D'Souza wrote in a statement to the judge.

D'Souza's 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" was made into a film, "2016: Obama's America", which was popular with conservative groups. D'Souza was convicted in 2014 after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations. There was a lot of bravado but it does not. plenty of other politicians have said a lot worse. And yet D'Souza is such a contemptible, easily mocked human being that it's hard not to laugh at the constant and well-deserved dunkings that he's always on the wrong end of.

D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months' confinement in a community center.

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.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whose office prosecuted D'Souza, also registered his disapproval on Twitter: "The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness". The move makes it ever clearer that, in the Trump administration, the odds of a pardon are better for those with a celebrity backer, those who have become a cause celebre among conservatives and those with a reality TV connection.

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In any case, they conclude, the message behind the pardons should worry us "more than Mr. Trump clearing the record of some noxious clown".

Patti Blagojevich said on Fox News that her husband and the rest of their family "are all so grateful that the President is thinking of us".

The president, who has never met D'Souza or spoken to him, last night called him on the phone to inform him about his decision.

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

While issuing pardons used to be more common, presidents in the past few decades have waited until closer to the end of their terms before granting large amounts of pardons, particularly those that might be considered controversial.

His tweets about the Parkland students have been sharply criticized by some Florida Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott. Despite the backlash, D'Souza is scheduled to speak at a two-day event next month sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida.

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