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Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud Trump to pardon Dinesh D'Souza
Freda Brock | 02 June, 2018, 02:11

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that he will fully pardon the "openly racist" right-wing propagandist Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2014 and has-in just the past year-mocked school shooting survivors, circulated anti-semitic lies, and suggested that the white supremacist Charlottesville rally was "staged".

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

"The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers", Stone added.

The United States Constitution gives the president the ability to "grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States".

Mueller in recent weeks has issued subpoenas to two of Stone's associates. The president explained that he believed D'Souza had been treated unfairly by the justice system. In addition to D'Souza and Johnson, Trump has pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a top Trump supporter during the 2016 campaign.

Watchdog groups criticized D'Souza's pardon, saying it signalled contempt for the rule of law. That prosecution was led by one of Bharara's predecessors as USA attorney, James B. Comey, who would go on to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director and also get fired by Trump.

In his first 17 months in office, Trump has granted three pardons, one commutation and one posthumous pardon, according to data from the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the agency that reviews clemency applications and makes recommendations to the White House. Both had connections to Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality television show: Blagojevich was a contestant in 2010 and Stewart hosted the 2005 spinoff series, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart".

White House refuses to say why Trump hasn't fired Sessions despite criticism
Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg say Mr. Trump acted within the bounds of his presidential authority.

Blagojevich was impeached as governor of Illinois in 2009 and sentenced in December 2011 to 14 years in prison for corruption including trying to sell the Illinois Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

Regarding Blagojevich, Trump said he was considering commuting his sentence, which he described as "really unfair" punishment for "foolish" behavior.

The conservative leader also said he's thankful for Trump's actions because now he will no longer be a "lifelong felon".

"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.

Mr. D'Souza slammed Bharara in an radio interview too.

Trump also pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former vice president Dick Cheney's chief-of-staff who was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury, and Kristian Saucier, a US Navy sailor convicted of taking photos inside a nuclear submarine without permission.

D'Souza said Friday on "Fox & Friends" that Trump called him on the phone and told him, "I gotta tell you man to man: you got screwed" and that a "great injustice had been done". 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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