Monday, 25 June, 2018

Here’s Why Dinesh D’Souza Needed a Pardon

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Angelica Greene | 01 June, 2018, 21:50

What do those three people have in common? Then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who prosecuted the case, emphatically denied any political motivation. He was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months in a halfway house, and paid a $30,000 fine.

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 FBI released a statement about the sentencing.

Critics said the president was sending a message to people caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation, including his longtime private lawyer Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are separately under scrutiny in NY.

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. Fitzgerald, in yet another twist, was appointed as special prosecutor by none other than James Comey.

Stewart and Blagojevich both were involved with Trump's "Apprentice" reality TV television show. 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. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job".

In the statement, D'Souza acknowledged he was violating the law.

"I've always felt he was very unfairly treated", Mr. Trump said on Air Force One.

"Trump's latest pardon makes crystal clear his willingness to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than advance it". His 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" was made into a film, "2016: Obama's America", which was popular with conservative groups.

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President Trump may be issuing more pardons following his decision to pardon conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.

D'Souza had pleaded guilty in federal court for using a straw donor to making illegal campaign contribution a 2012 Senate campaign.

"Donald Trump has sent a message to his friends and cronies that if you break laws to protect him or attack our democracy, he's got your back", said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice.

More recently he made headlines when he criticised survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in February that left 17 people dead. "He said that, 'I got to tell you man-to-man, you've been screwed, ' " Mr. D'Souza recalled.

The tweets have been sharply criticized by some Florida Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott.

D'Souza was born in Mumbai and became a naturalized US citizen in 1991.

Arpaio is now running in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona.

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