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Trump pardons Dinesh D'Souza

WASHINGTON — President Trump pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza for making illegal campaign contributions Thursday — and said he was considering presidential clemency of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart as well.

"Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!" Trump tweeted Thursday as he headed to Texas on Air Force One.

While in flight, he told reporters that Blagojevich's attempt to sell former President Barack Obama's Illinois Senate seat when he became president was "a stupid thing to say" but not worth 18 years in prison. Blagojevich, a Democrat, appeared on Trump's reality television show Celebrity Apprentice in 2010.

And he said a pardon of Stewart had also crossed his mind. Stewart, the head of a publishing and television empire who once hosted a spinoff of The Apprentice, was convicted of insider trading in 2004.


"I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated. And she used to be my biggest fan in the world — before I became a politician," he said. "But that’s O.K. I don’t view it that way."

Trump said he called D'Souza, who is serving five years probation for making illegal campaign contributions, to give him the news Wednesday night.

"I’ve always felt he was very unfairly treated. And a lot of people did," he said. "What they did to him was horrible.”

Trump said he didn't know D'Souza, but "I see him on television.”

On Twitter, D'Souza lashed out at Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney who prosecuted him and was later fired by Trump.

"KARMA IS A *****," D'Souza said. He accused Bharara of destroying him to advance his career.

"Then he got fired & I got pardoned," he said. "Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America."

D'Souza credited a social media campaign and the intervention of Sen. Ted Cruz — a family friend — in bringing the case to Trump's attention.
D'Souza pleaded guilty of making "straw donations" in the names of others to support the candidacy of Republican New York Senate candidate Wendy Long, who lost to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Those straw donations allowed him to give $20,000 in illegal contributions to the campaign, exceeding the $5,000 legal limit.

And though he once argued that he was being selectively prosecuted because of his attacks on Obama, he later backed off the claim at his sentencing.

"I'm sorry for what I did. I have never said otherwise," he said then. "I have never even said I am being selectively prosecuted. I feared that I was being."

The new round of pardons would continue Trump's use of clemency power to correct what he perceives as unjust, politically motivated prosecutions. But they also come amid investigations into his own campaign and inner circle — including a probe into whether his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, violated the law when he illegally paid off a porn star who said she had a relationship with Trump.

Rick Hasen, a University of California, Irvine law professor who specializes in election law, said the pardon sends "yet another signal to Michael Cohen and others about the possibility of a Trump pardon — and this one, like potentially Cohen’s case — involves campaign finance violations."

The pardon marks the fifth full pardon granted by Trump during his presidency — all without going through the formal channels of the Justice Department. And it continues a pattern of politically motivated pardons that include former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Bush White House aide Scooter Libby.

Trump also pardoned Kristian Saucier, a former Navy submariner whose conviction for mishandling classified information became a conservative cause because of its comparisons to Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

And just last week, Trump gave a rare posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the former heavyweight boxing champion convicted in 1913 of racially motivated charges related to his relationship with a white woman.


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He's no Conservative, that's for sure.

Some of these I can get behind, and others I can't. Blagojevich is pretty much inexcusable, considering he tried to profit off his position.

Says a lot about Trump, if he thinks he was unfairly treated. (Otoh, maybe his point was, he was attacked by rivals for "politics as usual". In that case, yeah, he was "unfairly" treated. This view also means our government is unsalvageable and we're all ****ed.)


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He's no Conservative, that's for sure.

Some of these I can get behind, and others I can't. Blagojevich is pretty much inexcusable, considering he tried to profit off his position.

Says a lot about Trump, if he thinks he was unfairly treated. (Otoh, maybe his point was, he was attacked by rivals for "politics as usual". In that case, yeah, he was "unfairly" treated. This view also means our government is unsalvageable and we're all ****ed.)


Is 18 years really the right sentence for Blagojevich though? And I say this as someone who thinks he is a piece of dog shit.


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If it was up to me, he'd get the chair.


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Good for him, good move by Trump

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He's no Conservative, that's for sure.

Some of these I can get behind, and others I can't. Blagojevich is pretty much inexcusable, considering he tried to profit off his position.

Says a lot about Trump, if he thinks he was unfairly treated. (Otoh, maybe his point was, he was attacked by rivals for "politics as usual". In that case, yeah, he was "unfairly" treated. This view also means our government is unsalvageable and we're all ****ed.)




I see this as fair. When Democrats and Leftists BREAK THE LAWS They don't even have to fear EVEN Going to Trial!!


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If it was up to me, he'd get the chair.


Did he kill your family or something lol


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Glad to here it. D'Souza is a cool dude.

I only wish Trump pardoned Bernie Madoff too


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I see this as fair. When Democrats and Leftists BREAK THE LAWS They don't even have to fear EVEN Going to Trial!!


How? And why?

You shouldn’t break the rules just because the other side does it. If you do, you lose all moral high ground to stand on and dialogue. Why? Becuase youre as much a piece a shit as the other side you claimed to be bad.

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I have no idea who this D'souza guy is.


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Judging form the pardons Trump's done of living people, chances are he's a real slimy scumbag, probably a sexual predator too


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I have no idea who this D'souza guy is.


Often times a conservative commentator and debater. Showed up on some news sites delivering the smackdown in some arguments. Wrote books. Called out Obama.

Etc.


So he became an enemy of the Dems and he was stupid enough to violate campaign donation laws. I still don't quite understand what he exactly did and I can even recite the charge. In other words, I don't understand campaign finance regulations enough to see what he did was a criminal offense. Seems like a fine, at worst, was in order. But he got convicted and sentenced to a halfway house (lol...like a crack addict).


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D'Souza humiliates Cenk Uygur, so that's good enough for me.


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How? And why?

You shouldn’t break the rules just because the other side does it. If you do, you lose all moral high ground to stand on and dialogue. Why? Becuase youre as much a piece a shit as the other side you claimed to be bad.


See Anything by the Clintons for the last 40 years or so as examples.

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I have no idea who this D'souza guy is.


Admitting your ignorance is an important first step.


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Just to prove how HORRIBLE The Left really is....and quite Pathetic at the same time.....Poor Widdle Wefties!

NY AG Wants to Prosecute People Twice for One Crime. Well at least CERTAIN People.


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[b]See Anything by the Clintons for the last 40 years or so as examples.


Not defending them. All am saying is, you shouldn’t lower yourself to their level, because of you do, your no better than they are.

Here’s an ex. I claim rapist are bad, yet in my spare I got out and commit rape. And when am caught, my defense is, well those guys did it too.

It doesn’t help.

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Often times a conservative commentator and debater. Showed up on some news sites delivering the smackdown in some arguments. Wrote books. Called out Obama.

Etc.


So he became an enemy of the Dems and he was stupid enough to violate campaign donation laws. I still don't quite understand what he exactly did and I can even recite the charge. In other words, I don't understand campaign finance regulations enough to see what he did was a criminal offense. Seems like a fine, at worst, was in order. But he got convicted and sentenced to a halfway house (lol...like a crack addict).


And he was apparently pretty devastated because his right to vote got taken away.


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And he was apparently pretty devastated because his right to vote got taken away.


I know you're not a lawyer but you understand why he got convicted, right?

Can you explain to me why Americans are not allowed to make donations to politics in another person's name?


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*Assuming here* Allowing donations by proxy would circumvent the rules in place meant to keep special interest out of politics


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*Assuming here* Allowing donations by proxy would circumvent the rules in place meant to keep special interest out of politics


No, no, I think you're right. Just...well...



Is not the whole thing choked full of special interests meddling with campaigns and elections?


The whole system is corrupt.


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