Trump mulls commuting Blago, pardoning Stewart

Larry Hoffman
June 1, 2018

President Donald Trump has reportedly indicated that he is strongly considering commuting the sentence of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Trump and Stewart famously feuded over 2005's failed The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Trump said she was "unfairly treated" and "used to be my biggest fan in the world".

The New York Times, in a scathing editorial on Trump's pardon of D'Souza, said the president "uses whatever power he has to attack the people he feels have wronged him, and he will do what he feels he must protect himself".

"He's being fearless and courageous", he said, referring to the D'Souza pardon. An outspoken critic of Obama, D'Souza claimed his prosecution by the Obama Justice Department was politically motivated.

Trump granted the reprieve to D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to exceeding campaign donation limits in contributing to a long-shot Republican Senate candidate in NY.

D'Souza in 2012 released an anti-Obama film, "2016: Obama's America", based on his 2010 book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage".

"Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America", he said.

I'll tell you another one - there is another one I'm thinking about. However, her trial and conviction was for obstruction of justice, making false statements and conspiracy for lying to investigators.The author, television personality and entrepreneur served five months in prison after her 2004 federal conviction. Trump, as usual, was paltering with the facts when he said Blagojevich was convicted for "being stupid, saying things that every other politician, you know, that many other politicians say". "He shouldn't have been put in jail".

(From left to right) Carol Leifer, Sinbad, Maria Kanellis, Sharon Osborne, Rod Blagojevich, Michael Johnson, Donald Trump, Curtis Stone, Cyndi Lauper, Goldberg, Daryl Strawberry, Brett Michaels, Selita Ebanks, Summer Sanders and Holly Robinson Peete are seen in an NBC handout photo for Season 10 of "The Celebrity Apprentice".

White House spokesman Raj Shah echoed D'Souza's claim of selective prosecution.

D'Souza described being locked up with 120 "hardened felons" as an "eye-opening experience" but that he "came out of it fine". A long string of self-indulgent pardons can only raise serious worries that he'll start making abitrary use of more fearsome presidential powers. "D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness".

Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to stop racially profiling people he thought looked like illegal immigrants when he was sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.

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.

An art lover posted the infamous photo a year ago of Stewart flipping off Trump - and flashing a peace sign to an adjacent poster of Snoop Dogg - on Instagram, writing that he '[w] as taking a picture of these Trump and Snoop Dogg pieces.and Martha Stewart walks into the frame'.

"This could be a message to Paul Manafort", CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said of Trump's former campaign manager who has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for money laundering and tax evasion. "Impossible to view this as anything other than a "stay strong" message from Trump to Cohen, especially given the timing".

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