who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2014 and has-in just the past year-mocked school shooting survivors, circulated anti-semitic lies, and suggested that the white supremacist Charlottesville rally was "staged". Trump pardoned Kristian Mark Saucier, who was convicted of unauthorized retention of defense information after using his cellphone to take unauthorized photos aboard the nuclear submarine USS Alexandria.

"The president said Dinesh, you have been a great voice for freedom".

President Donald Trump is lining up another controversial presidential pardon.

D'Souza, 57, a caustic critic of former president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was fined $30,000 and sentenced in September 2014 to five years of probation for making illegal campaign contributions.The Republican pundit and provocateur pleaded guilty to attempting to donate $20,000 to a Senate campaign through straw donors by offering to reimburse associates who sent in the money.

"I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated", Trump told reporters.

"They were convicted of lying to prosecutors and of campaign finance violations", Wright said.


As he left Washington to fly to Texas, Trump tweeted: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today".

It was not immediately clear who she was referring to, though CNN has previously reported that Blagojevich's conviction has ties to former FBI Director James Comey, who the President abruptly fired a year ago.

The U.S. Constitution gives the president the power to issue pardons, and Trump sometimes has used that authority to benefit convicted figures revered by some on the political right such as former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and Libby.

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.

Regarding Blagojevich, Trump said he was considering commuting his sentence, which he described as "really unfair" punishment for "foolish" behavior.

On Thursday, D'Souza thanked Trump in Twitter posts that also slammed Bharara. In 2012 his movie "2016: Obama's America's" which was based on his anti-Obama book became the second-highest-grossing political documentary film produced in the U.S.


D'Souza had claimed selective prosecution before pleading guilty.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, convicted on perjury and obstruction of justice in Central Intelligence Agency leak case disclosing identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson, was pardoned in April.

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

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

Trump last week posthumously pardoned boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, who was jailed a century ago because of his relationship with a white woman.


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