What’s behind Trump’s weighing of Martha Stewart pardon?

What’s behind Trump’s weighing of Martha Stewart pardon?

What’s behind Trump’s weighing of Martha Stewart pardon?

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he will grant a full pardon to controversial Indian American conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating campaign funding law.

Blagojevich, a Democrat who was impeached and removed from office due to corruption charges in 2009, is serving a 14-year federal prison sentence and scheduled to be released in 2024.

During his days as a reality TV host, Trump "fired" Blagojevich from the Celebrity Apprentice, but the two apparently fostered a congenial relationship.

Trump said she "used to be one of my biggest fans".

In a statement, the White House said the 57-year-old was "in the President's opinion, a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws".

Susan Hennessey, managing editor of the Brookings Institution Lawfare blog, said Trump was using the pardon power to "dole out transactional favors".

Trump granted the reprieve to D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to exceeding campaign donation limits in contributing to a long-shot Republican Senate candidate in NY. Trump said on Twitter. "Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both", he wrote.

He also made a documentary about Clinton - "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party".

"I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated", Trump told reporters, explaining why she could be pardoned.

Trump said the disgraced politician was behind bars 'for being stupid and saying things that every other politician - you know that many other politicans say'. And it doesn't- he shouldn't have been put in jail, ' he said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was unfair to suggest the only people winning pardons under Trump are those connected to him or with a celebrity backer.

D'Souza began his career as an adviser to Ronald Reagan and served as president of a small Christian college in New York City, King's College, between 2010 and 2012.

Judge Richard Berman dismissed the bias claims. While a pardon is more analogous to a criminal expungement, a commutation "means that the legal stigma" still applies and a criminal record remains intact even while allowing the defendant to get out of prison earlier, Spitzer said.

Former US attorney Preet Bharara defended D'Souza's conviction on Thursday.

"The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these", Bharara said.

D'Souza pleaded guilty. He "admitted that he knew that what he was doing was wrong and something the law forbids", the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said in a statement.

And in late May, Mr. Trump granted a full pardon to legendary boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted and imprisoned for 10 months for a Mann Act violation in 1913. Fitzgerald was also the special counsel leading the case against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the Bush administration official pardoned by Trump last month.

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