Trump says he may pardon Martha Stewart

Trump says he may pardon Martha Stewart

D'Souza has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump.

In addition to pardoning D'Souza, Trump said Thursday that he's thinking about clemency for Martha Stewart, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, among "lots" of other people.

"I don't know him other than that he was on The Apprentice for a short period of time", Trump said, referring his former reality TV show.

Trump tweeted that D'Souza "was treated very unfairly by our government!"

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

On Thursday, D'Souza thanked Trump in Twitter posts that also slammed Bharara.

Mr. D'Souza also slammed Mr. Bharara in a series of tweets after he was pardoned and alleged that one Indian American had tried to destroy the career of another Indian American.

D'Souza pleaded guilty to attempting to donate $20,000 to a Senate campaign through straw donors.

In 2014, D'Souza pleaded guilty to reimbursing two of his associates after directing them to contribute $10,000 (Rs 6.74 lakh) each to the 2012 Senate campaign of Republican candidate Wendy Long, reported CNBC. "Then he got fired & I got pardoned", D'Souza wrote.

D'Souza, who made the documentary "2016: Obama's America", had claimed he was selectively prosecuted, but the judge said he had produced no evidence of this.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Texas to meet with families of the Santa Fe school shooting victims, and to attend Republican fundraisers, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. "However, I believe this is opening a door, and if he doesn't follow through with [more] people who are not well-known, I think that will be extremely disappointing".

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Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for trying to sell Obama's former Senate seat and for extortion relating to IL funds for a children's hospital and racetrack.

"As our office's record reflects, we will investigate and prosecute violations of federal law, particularly those that undermine the integrity of the democratic electoral process, without regard to the defendant's political persuasion or party affiliation", he said in 2014. "He shouldn't have been put in jail".

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.

D'Souza also fits that approach, Wright said. Judge Richard Berman dismissed the bias claims as completely unfounded.

D'Souza was charged by former US attorney Preet Bahara, who has criticized the president ever since his firing past year.

Trump's comments come just a week after he gave a full posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson and nine months after he pardoned polarizing former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas welcomed Trump's announcement that he meant to pardon D'Souza.

D'Souza, Blagojevich and Stewart had been convicted of such crimes as campaign-finance violations or lying to investigators-charges similar to those brought against Flynn, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and other Trump associates indicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation.

Both cases prompted critics to accuse Mr Trump of abusing his pardoning power.

"This could be a message to Paul Manafort", CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said of Trump's former campaign manager who has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for money laundering and tax evasion.

Trump's message could be: "Hang in there the cavalry is coming", Toobin said.

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