Trump pardons conservative author Dinesh D'Souza, Martha Stewart could be next

Trump to pardon Dinesh D’Souza

On Thursday, the President announced his decision to pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law in 2014.

Trump told reporters Thursday that no one asked him to pardon D'Souza, whose case had become a cause in conservative circles. A former top aide to Vice-President Dick Cheney, Libby was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of a Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Before he started making documentaries, D'Souza was a prominent conservative writer and pundit, and was briefly president of a Christian college in NY. Critics have slammed him for promoting questionable propositions in his books and movies, such as the idea that slaves were treated "pretty well" and a 2010 Forbes cover story that argues Obama had been "the most antibusiness president in a generation" and driven by a "socialist" and "anticolonialist" agenda.

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.

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"Instead, it looks like the president is abusing his pardon power, either for sheer political reasons, or to send a message to people under investigation, or because the defendant happened to have high name identification", he said. Arpaio was spared the prospect of serving jail time after a conviction stemming from his use of racially targeted immigration patrols.

D'Souza said the pardon was not something he expected, and he also reiterated what Trump said yesterday about how the case against him was unfair and he wanted D'Souza to be a bigger voice.

Preet Bharara, the Indian American US attorney for the Southern District of NY was one of the led prosecutors in that case.

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. It's absolutely not amusing that Trump pardoned this guy. "Hope", she said in a written statement.

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Mr. D'Souza, who comes from a Roman Catholic family from Goa, had launched a campaign against both Mr. Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon", Underwood said in a statement. Blagojevich was also a contestant on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice reality television show in 2010.

In response, Bharara acknowledged Trump's right to issue pardons but said "D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness".

"The president's ad hoc use of the pardon power is concerning enough". Last August, he pardoned former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling of Hispanics. In another tweet, he wrote "Adults 1, kids 0". Despite the backlash, D'Souza is scheduled to speak at a two-day event next month sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, has not yet decided whether he will attend.

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