12:34, May 31 505 0 abajournal.com

2018-05-31 12:34:14
Trump to pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza; are Martha Stewart and Blagojevich next?

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to using straw donors to make campaign contributions to a Republican Senate candidate.

Trump said that D’Souza “was treated very unfairly by our government!” report Politico, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

D’Souza and his supporters had claimed he was targeted because he was a critic of former President Barack Obama. They seized on a recent New York Post report that alleged Rosie O’Donnell had made donations surpassing the legal limit to at least five Democratic candidates. O’Donnell told the newspaper she had assumed that the candidates she supported would return any money above the legal limit.

“I notice the leftist weasels who call me ‘felon’ have gone dead silent about Rosie committing 5—yes five—campaign finance violations,” D’Souza had tweeted.

D’Souza had been sentenced to five years’ probation and overnight stays in a halfway house for eight months.

Trump has also pardoned the late boxer Jack Johnson; former Cheney aide Lewis Libby Jr.; former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio; and former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier.

According to Politico, Trump’s pardons are being closely watched for signals that the president would issue pardons to people in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election influence. There could be charges that the release of Hillary Clinton’s emails by Russian hackers was an illegal in-kind donation to Trump’s campaign. There has also been a suggestion that the hush payment to Stormy Daniels was a campaign donation, according to the New York Times.

Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!