Trump called campaign finance charges 'fishy,' says pardoned conservative author

Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud

Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud

President Donald Trump says he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.

Mr. D'Souza, who has written several books, thanked Mr. Trump for the pardon.

"The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers", Stone added.

D'Souza acknowledged that he had two close associates each contribute $10,000 to the Senate campaign of Republican Wendy Long with the understanding that he would reimburse them. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"

FILE PHOTO: Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New York, May 20, 2014. That prosecution was led by one of Bharara's predecessors as USA attorney, James B. Comey, who would go on to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director and also get fired by Trump.

"As with the pardon of Joe Arpaio, Trump is sending a message that he will reward political allies for loyalty with get-out-of-jail-free cards", Democratic U.S. Representative Don Beyer said on Twitter. Blagojevich, who once appeared as a guest on Trump's 2010 "Celebrity Apprentice" show, has been in prison since 2012.

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for trying to sell Obama's former Senate seat and for extortion relating to IL funds for a children's hospital and racetrack.

After being charged, D'Souza and his lawyer accused the government of having "selectively targeted" him because of "his outspoken, vigorous and politically controversial criticism and condemnation'" of Obama and his administration.

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"Mr. D'Souza accepted responsibility for his actions", it said.

The far right, including Trump, act like D'Souza was railroaded for his political beliefs, despite being caught red-handed in illegal voting shenanigans not that different from the ones that Republicans are supposedly so concerned about that they constantly try to make voting harder for most people.

Mr Trump told reporters on Thursday aboard Air Force One that Stewart, best known as a famous homemaker and TV personality, was "to a certain extent ... harshly and unfairly treated".

The conservative D'Souza gained notoriety for his anti-Obama stance that was the basis of his 2012 documentary 2016: Obama's America.

In addition to pardoning D'Souza, Trump said Thursday that he's thinking about clemency for Martha Stewart, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, among "lots" of other people. Her indictment and subsequent conviction stemmed from her lying to investigators about insider stock trading and a cover-up effort.

Both cases prompted critics to accuse Mr Trump of abusing his pardoning power. 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. The origin of the pardon dates back hundreds of years to English monarchy, said Steven Schwinn, an expert in constitutional law and a professor at the John Marshall Law School.

Watchdog groups criticized D'Souza's pardon, saying it signaled the president's contempt for the rule of law.

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