Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Trump to pardon controversial Indian American pundit Dinesh D’Souza

Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud Trump to pardon Dinesh D'Souza
| 02 June, 2018, 02:12

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

On Twitter on Thursday, Trump said D'Souza was "treated very unfairly by our government". In 2012 his movie "2016: Obama's America's" which was based on his anti-Obama book became the second-highest-grossing political documentary film produced in the U.S.

In 2014, then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged D'Souza with using "straw donors" to contribute funds to Wendy Long, a Republican who ran for Senate in NY against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012.

- Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 31, 2018Never forget that Dinesh D'Souza unapologetically tweeted this right after the murder of Trayvon Martin.

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

While awaiting trial Blagojevich was a contestant on Trump's reality television show, "Celebrity Apprentice", as was Martha Stewart, who Trump said he would consider pardoning.

He appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2010, but was sacked after four episodes.

Flynn is one of three former Trump campaign associates to reach a plea agreement and cooperate with Mueller's investigation, while Manafort is presently fighting charges against him.

Trump tweeted Thursday: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today". "My heartfelt thanks to those who prayed for me, supported me & reached out on social media to President Trump to pardon me", he said.


Following the announcement, Trump told reporters he was considering a pardon for homestyle maven Martha Stewart and also commuting disgraced former IL governor Rod Blagojevich's sentence.

Trump later shared his thoughts on Blagojevich and Stewart with the reporters accompanying him on Air Force One.

Mr Trump's remarks came just hours after he announced that he would pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza. Trump said Johnson had served 10 months in prison "for what many view as a racially motivated injustice".

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

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday criticized Trump's pardons of his supporters and called on the state Legislature to change the state's double-jeopardy law so that those who break its laws can not evade justice with a presidential pardon. It's a transparently political move that ignores the fact that D'Souza admitted in court that he knew he was breaking the law, and lets prominent Trump supporters know that they can flagrantly commit crimes and expect a pardon down the line.

"Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs", D'Souza tweeted next to a photo of students disappointed by the Florida legislature's failure to approve a ban on assault weapons. Saucier had claimed his prosecution was driven by sensitivity about classified information driven by Clinton's case. 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. Fitzgerald, named special counsel by Comey to investigate the unauthorized leak of the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency agent, also won the conviction of Libby, a top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, for obstruction of justice and perjury in that case in 2007.

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.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan), a top member of the Judiciary Committee, tweeted that Trump wants "to send a message that silence will be rewarded" to those being contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

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