Monday, 22 October, 2018

Rod Blagojevich’s wife appeals to President Trump to help her husband

Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud Trump to pardon Dinesh D'Souza
Ginger Lopez | 02 June, 2018, 02:07

Two prominent Indian Americans, representing two different political ideologies - Preet Bharara and Dinesh D'Souza - engaged in a bitter war of words on Twitter today after Mr. D'Souza was pardoned by President Donald Trump for violating federal campaign laws.

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

"If you're Michael Cohen, the message is: 'Stick with me, '" said Andrew Wright, former associate White House counsel during the Obama administration and Savannah Law School professor. Trump's picks so far, however, appear to be for people he knows whose cases have not been investigated by the office, Morison said. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"

"They were convicted of lying to prosecutors and of campaign finance violations", Wright said.

"In light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr. D'Souza is fully worthy of this pardon".

It was not immediately clear who she was referring to, though CNN has previously reported that Blagojevich's conviction has ties to former FBI Director James Comey, who the President abruptly fired previous year.

"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.

"I'm very grateful to President Trump for giving me my [full] rights back".




The former Democratic governor was convicted on public corruption charges in 2011 and sentenced to a 14-year federal prison term.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, briefing reporters on Air Force One as Trump later flew to Dallas for Republican fundraising events, denied that celebrity was a consideration in whom the president decides to pardon.

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.

Hennessey said the only effect Trump faces is political accountability.

Trump told reporters Thursday that no one asked him to pardon D'Souza, whose case had become a cause in conservative circles. Arpaio was spared the prospect of serving jail time after a conviction stemming from his use of racially targeted immigration patrols.

D'Souza had claimed selective prosecution before pleading guilty. Fitzgerald, named special counsel by Comey to investigate the unauthorized leak of the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency agent, also won the conviction of Libby, a top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, for obstruction of justice and perjury in that case in 2007.

D'Souza, who made the documentary 2016: Obama's America, entered the plea a week after the federal judge overseeing the case rejected his claim that he was selectively prosecuted. Conservative Republicans had sought a pardon for Libby for years.

Last week, Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case. "The framers introduced the separation of powers that we have in our Constitution and they designed the pardon power as a check on the legislative and judicial authorities".

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