Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

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

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

D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a "community confinement center" in San Diego, and a $30,000 fine.

Donald Trump pardoned a firebrand conservative author on Thursday and signalled that similar clemency could be on the way for lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, the latest in a series of controversial pardons by the United States president.

"Trump's latest pardon makes crystal clear his willingness to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than advance it".

President Donald Trump says he's considering commuting the sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning Martha Stewart.

Stewart was convicted for conspiracy, obstruction and making false statements to investigators during the insider-trading probe and served five months in prison.

"I've always felt he was very unfairly treated", Trump said.

Blagojevich was prosecuted by Peter Fitzgerald, the former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of IL, who is a close friend of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, and recently joined Comey's legal team.

This is the fifth pardon of Trump's presidency.

"They were convicted of lying to prosecutors and of campaign finance violations", Wright said. Mr. Trump tweeted in March 2012.

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Joseph diGenova, who served as USA attorney for the District of Columbia under Ronald Reagan, said it is odd to suggest that presidents should wait until after they no longer have to face voters before granting controversial pardons.

"Why mention this?" D'Souza wrote.

D'Souza said in one tweet that the students had received the "worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs".

As Simon Malloy of Media Matters pointed out, D'Souza himself admitted that was not "treated unfairly" by the court after he copped to knowingly violating campaign finance law by using his assistant and mistress as "straw donors". At this same point in their presidencies, former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton had not issued any pardons.

Talking to reporters on board Air Force One, Trump said Blagojevich did something that "lots of politicians" do, adding his prison sentence was excessive for merely saying something dumb.

Trump noted that even though Blagojevich was Democrat, "He's not my party".

Trump's announcement that he will pardon D'Souza follows the president's granting last week of a rare posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion.

Bharara, who was sacked by Trump three weeks into his presidency, said in a Twitter post: "The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness".

"I thought that was Scooter", said one Republican close to Trump. Hundreds of people apply for pardon or commutation every year with the Office of the Pardon Attorney under the Department of Justice, according to Samuel Morison, an attorney who specializes in federal clemency. Mr Trump said on Twitter.

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