Roger Stone: Trump pardon of D'Souza was a signal to Mueller

Sheila Mcguire
June 1, 2018

The president explained that he believed D'Souza had been treated unfairly by the justice system.

"What my case shows in miniature is how Obama, and Hillary, too, have gangster-ized USA politics", he said.

Preet Bharara, who brought the charges against the political pundit when he was the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said the case was not unfair.

"I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated", Trump told reporters. "So it was a move of ambition as I understand it".

The conservative D'Souza gained notoriety for his anti-Obama stance that was the basis of his 2012 documentary 2016: Obama's America.

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Mumbai-born, D'Souza, 57, was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution of $20,000 in 2014 to a NY politician. D'Souza was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house and five years of probation.

Schaub, the departed head of the Office of Government Ethics, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin Thursday that there have been "bad pardons, but usually if a president was going to issue a questionable pardon, it's at the end of the term of the president as they're walking out the door". "The career prosecutors and agents did their job".

D'Souza continued taunt the Obama administration Friday on Twitter where he wrote, "Obama and his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream and destroy my faith in America".

"Trump's Dinesh D'Souza pardon today, on top of his pardons of Scooter Libby and Joe Arpaio, make sense only as an elephant-whistle to Michael Cohen & all who know damning things about Trump: protect me & I'll have your back".

D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 over donating $20,000 to NY politician Wendy Long.

The latest figure to receive a pardon, the Republican pundit and provocateur D'Souza, was fined $30,000 and sentenced in September 2014 to five years of probation for making illegal campaign contributions. Trump said Johnson had served 10 months in prison "for what many view as a racially motivated injustice". An outspoken conservative since his undergraduate days at Dartmouth College in the early 1980s, D'Souza - born in Mumbai to an Indian Catholic family - was a onetime advisor in the Ronald Reagan White House.

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A new Crown corporation will be created to manage the project. "The federal government has responded and that's their business". Scheer said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has failed to provide certainty and "done nothing" to establish federal jurisdiction.

Coats did not agree, and pointed out a theme among President Trump's pardons.

Mr Trump's remarks came just hours after he announced that he would pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza.

James Robenalt, a lawyer at the firm Thompson Hine, said the D'Souza pardon is largely symbolic for subjects of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Mr. Trump also commuted the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of what was America's largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat packing plant. In April, Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, an adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstructing justice. Four years later, he put out Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, which heavily criticized Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as a whole.

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Mr Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed. The murder of anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko was widely reported and condemned on Tuesday.

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