Trump announced on Twitter his decision to pardon pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to U.S. campaign finance law violations and was an outspoken critic of Democratic former President Barack Obama, saying he had been "treated very unfairly by our government!"
President Donald Trump is considering a pardon for famed businesswoman Martha Stewart and a commutation for former IL governor Rod Blagojevich's sentence, the president told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday.
She was convicted on felony charges related to insider trading back in 2004, and served five months in prison. Full transcript of that part to come, but Trump said he is strongly considering a commutation of the rest of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence.
Stewart was convicted in 2004 for lying to investigators and obstruction of justice pertaining to a stock sale, while Blagojevich is now serving out a 14-year sentence for trying to exchange an appointment for the U.S. Senate seat former President Barack Obama vacated in 2008 for campaign funds.More news: Multivitamins and supplements don't provide health benefits
It's not clear when the president will make an official announcement on the pardons. "But that's okay, I don't view it that way".
The federal prosecutor who oversaw Stewart's case in NY was James Comey, one of Trump's principal antagonists and the man he fired as FBI director previous year. After his fall from grace, but before being jailed, the former Democratic Illinois governor always seemed to have been in Trump's good graces.
"My husband.is serving more time than any other politician for charges that have to do with simply fundraising", Patti Blagojevich said on Fox News. Blagojevich was also a contestant on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality television show in 2010.
Trump: "Only because, only because of I felt from I don't know him, I never met him, I called him last night first time I've ever spoken to him I said I'm pardoning you". "If you read his statement, it was a foolish statement with a lot of bravado".More news: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Out Now
The White House said in a statement on Thursday that Trump believed that D'Souza, a staunch ally of the president, had been the "victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws" and that he "accepted responsibility for his actions".
He retweeted Trump's tweet about the forthcoming pardon but did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment sent to his media company, D'Souza Media.
D'Souza was prosecuted by Preet Bharara, a former U.S. Attorney in NY who became a bitter Trump opponent after the president fired him, along with dozens of other federal prosecutors, upon taking office.
On Thursday, D'Souza thanked Trump in Twitter posts that also slammed Bharara.More news: Michael Avenatti warned by federal judge about ‘publicity tour’