Trump says he may pardon Martha Stewart

02 June, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud

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. He also investigated unfounded claims, supported by Mr Trump, questioning Mr Obama's citizenship.

"Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today", Trump tweeted.

D'Souza acknowledged that he had two close associates each contribute $10,000 to the Senate campaign of Republican Wendy Long with the understanding that he would reimburse them.

"I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated", Trump told reporters.

He retweeted Trump's tweet about the forthcoming pardon but did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment sent to his media company, D'Souza Media.

James Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director a year ago 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. The White House announced later Thursday that the pardon had been granted.

"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.

The U.S. Constitution gives the president the power to issue pardons, and Trump sometimes has used that authority to benefit convicted figures revered by some on the political right such as former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and Libby.

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The former IL governor is halfway through his 14-year sentence for corruption-related charges.

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. "Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both", Mr. D'Souza said.

"Trump's action sends yet another unsafe signal that he will abuse his power to protect those who would subvert the rule of law, including the laws that protect the integrity of our democracy from corruption", Flynn said.

Before he started making documentaries, D'Souza was a prominent conservative writer and pundit, and was briefly president of a Christian college in NY.

"I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids", D'Souza, who had previously argued that he was a victim of selective prosecution, told the judge in the case.

Trump also pardoned Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, whose case had been brought to his attention by actor Sylvester Stallone.

Also pardoned was former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Stewart, who hosted the 2005 spinoff series, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart", was convicted in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she unloaded stock just before the price plummeted. Closing the loophole would ensure that individuals who broke NY law could not evade accountability for any state crimes as a result of a strategically-timed pardon by the president.

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