Trump Announces Pardon for Racist Right-Wing Propagandist D'Souza

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Trump announced on Twitter his decision to pardon pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to USA campaign finance law violations and was an outspoken critic of Democratic former President Barack Obama, saying he had been "treated very unfairly by our government!" Trump pardoned Libby in April.

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

US President Donald Trump's decision to pardon Indian-American conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza is being strongly criticised here, with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood describing it as thwarting the cause of justice.

He also personally contributed $10,000 to the campaign of Republican Wendy Long, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in NY in 2012 - twice the legal limit for individual contributions at the time. "But I thought that he was treated unfairly". D'Souza then pleaded guilty to one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others.

In his victory lap Thursday, D'Souza mocked Bharara.

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James Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director past year and has repeatedly assailed, was the lead federal prosecutor in Stewart's case and played a role in the prosecution of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"It's something that we've absorbed over time, but I remain costly optimistic with this president", Robert Blagojevich said, "who has proven to be very unpredictable and do things that, to me, are very clear and commonsensical that defy political norms".

Meanwhile, Blagojevich, removed from office in 2009 and convicted on multiple charges of corruption two years later, also appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice before he began his sentence. "I can not believe how stupid I was, how careless, and how irresponsible", D'Souza wrote in a statement to the judge.

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

President Donald Trump has reportedly indicated that he is strongly considering commuting the sentence of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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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.

Trump spoke with reporters on Air Force One, saying he is strongly considering a commutation, calling Blagojevich's 14-year sentence "excessive" and "really unfair". "And he said that 'I got to tell you man-to-man have you been screwed'".

Trump also pardoned Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, whose case had been brought to his attention by actor Sylvester Stallone. The move follows Trump's high-profile pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an anti-immigrant activist who was convicted for criminal contempt of court for refusing to stop alleged practices targeting Latino drivers and undocumented immigrants. 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.

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.

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