Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

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

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

Stone's speculation joined that of many of Trump's critics, who are questioning the intentions behind the president's use of pardons as Mueller's probe continues into its second year. Really? said the message that can be taken from Trump's executive clemency is that "maybe the president is sending a signal of loyalty and reassurance to friends and family members who may soon find themselves facing similar criminal charges in connection with the special counsel's Russian Federation inquiry". Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion.

"President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon", Underwood said of D'Souza.

He also personally contributed $10,000 to the campaign of Republican Wendy Long, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in NY in 2012 - twice the legal limit for individual contributions at the time. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"

Conservative scholar and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, left, accompanied by his lawyer Benjamin Brafman leaves federal court in NY. Stewart went to jail after former FBI director and federal prosecutor James Comey led the investigation into her suspect stock sale in 2004.

Trump on Thursday also talked about the other people he might pardon. Blagojevich was also a contestant on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice reality television show in 2010.

"I would never be able to vote and never have my full rights".

Possibly mixing up years with actual corruption charges, Trump added four years onto Blagojevich's actual 14-year sentence in saying "eighteen years is, I think, really unfair".

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Trump echoed D'Souza's claims that federal prosecutors and the Obama administration treated him unfairly.

In addition to pardoning D'Souza, Trump said Thursday that he's thinking about clemency for Martha Stewart, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, among "lots" of other people.

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.

"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.

D'Souza has released two documentaries titled 2016: Obama's America and Hilary's America. The White House also noted that D'Souza "accepted responsibility for his actions" and completed community service.

Both cases prompted critics to accuse Mr Trump of abusing his pardoning power. 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. Conservative Republicans had sought a pardon for Libby for years.

While issuing pardons used to be more common, presidents in the past few decades have waited until closer to the end of their terms before granting large amounts of pardons, particularly those that might be considered controversial.

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