President Trump's announcement that he would pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, and his comments that he is also mulling pardons for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and celebrity lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, are meant to ease concerns of allies, not to service the traditional role of righting judicial injustices, experts said yesterday.
Stewart was convicted for conspiracy, obstruction and making false statements to investigators during the insider-trading probe and served five months in prison. "I got to tell you man-to-man you've been screwed, '" D'Souza told "Fox & Friends" on Friday. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!" He said that he only pled guilty to campaign finance violations because the justice system used "legal bludgeoning tactics" to force his admission, or else the government would've filed more charges against him.
D'Souza went on to reveal no American in the history of the country had been charged, not to mention prosecuted, for doing what he did and said he believes Attorney General Eric Holder went after him for political purposes after he made a movie about President Barack Obama.
Mr. D'Souza also slammed Mr. Bharara in a series of tweets after he was pardoned and alleged that one Indian American had tried to destroy the career of another Indian American.
Critics said the president was sending a message to people caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation, including his longtime private lawyer Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are separately under scrutiny in NY. "I can not believe how stupid I was, how careless, and how irresponsible", D'Souza wrote in a statement to the judge. He resigned as president of King's College, a Manhattan Christian school, in 2012 amid reports he became engaged before divorcing his wife. "Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views". In D'Souza's case, diGenova said, the president had good cause.
In his guilty plea, D'Souza acknowledged he promised to reimburse two close associates if each would contribute $10,000 to Long's campaign, an act he said he knew "was wrong and something the law forbids". "I deeply regret my conduct". Trump pardoned Libby in April.
Trump's comments come just a week after he gave a full posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson and nine months after he pardoned polarizing former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Then it was Scooter Libby.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan), a top member of the Judiciary Committee, tweeted that Trump wants "to send a message that silence will be rewarded" to those being contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. "He's a Democrat, he's not in my party, but I thought he got treated unfairly".
Meanwhile, Blagojevich, removed from office in 2009 and convicted on multiple charges of corruption two years later, also appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice before he began his sentence.
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But, he added, "18 years is I think really unfair".
He appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2010, but was sacked after four episodes.