Pardoned conservative author's conviction was 'fishy'

Pardoned conservative author's conviction was 'fishy'

US President Donald Trump has told reporters he's considering a pardon of Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich.

A federal judge sentenced D'Souza to five years of probation with eight months in a community confinement center after he admitted to having "straw donors" donate thousands of dollars to New York Republican Wendy Long, a longtime acquaintance of his who was running for Senate in 2012.

He pleaded guilty to giving $20,000 to NY politician Wendy Long and was sentenced to five years probation, eight months in a halfway house and paid a $30,000 fine. "Preet Bharara got fired by Trump and I got pardoned, so that's how it all ended up", Mr. D'Souza said.

Trump told reporters Thursday that no one asked him to pardon D'Souza, whose case had become a cause in conservative circles.

It seems Martha Stewart could be getting an official pardon for her 2004 conviction, per recent comments made by President Donald Trump.

"I've always felt he was very unfairly treated", Trump said. The prosecutor who led the case against Blagojevich in Chicago was Patrick Fitzgerald, a Comey friend who is also his lawyer.

This is Mr. Trump's fifth pardon since taking office. "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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"The FBI did it to signal to the Obama Justice Department and its stooges that I was a political enemy they might want to prosecute".

After D'Souza's pardon, some constitutional scholars, legal analysts and Democratic lawmakers accused Trump of undermining the rule of law with pardons based on political considerations. "D'SOUZA was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman", the statement said.

"Why mention this?" D'Souza wrote.

During an appearance Friday on "Fox & Friends" on Fox News, D'Souza said the phone call from Trump on Wednesday was unexpected. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job". 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.

D'Souza said there isn't a single case of someone being indicted or being incarcerated for the violations he committed. Trump often mentioned Saucier's case on the campaign trail as he criticized his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for her use of a private email server.

President Donald Trump has reportedly indicated that he is strongly considering commuting the sentence of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But because there were pending requests at the end of the Obama administration, the total number of requests for pardons pending before Trump is 2,271 and 8,932 for commutation.

Last week the president posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson, an African-American heavyweight boxing champion who was convicted of transporting a white woman - his future wife - across state lines.

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