President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that he will fully pardon the "openly racist" right-wing propagandist Dinesh D'Souza, 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".
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The Republican president then told reporters on a flight to Houston he was also considering a pardon for Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements in an insider-trading probe. He was sentenced to five years probation, with eight months in a "community confinement center" or halfway house, and fined $30,000.
Blagojevich a Democrat, began serving a 14-year prison sentence on corruption convictions in 2012 in a Colorado prison.
"Stewart fits the pattern completely", said Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, noting that Stewart was investigated by the same New York-based office as Cohen, and that James Comey prosecuted Stewart. Stewart served a stint in federal prison after being convicted of charges related to a stock sale.
During his days as a reality TV host, Trump "fired" Blagojevich from the Celebrity Apprentice, but the two apparently fostered a congenial relationship.
D'Souza was born in Mumbai and became a naturalised U.S. citizen in 1991. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job".
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He said: "I have to be realistic in relation to the submission that what he did was provocative in challenging individuals". The judge also claimed that "nothing may occur" to prejudice the trial, adding: "He (Robinson) was expressing his views".
"President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon", Underwood said in a statement. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!" the president tweeted Thursday morning.
But at his plea hearing in 2014, D'Souza said he knew he was breaking the law.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas welcomed Trump's announcement that he meant to pardon D'Souza.
"And If you look at what he said he said something to the effect like what do I get ... stupid thing to say".
In August 2017, he pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt of court.
D'Souza has nettled the left with films such as "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" and "2016: Obama's America".
D'Souza also often posted racist comments about former President Barack Obama, and as a student at Dartmouth University, he published an article titled "Dis Sho' Ain't No Jive, Bro" which was written in ebonics. "He said that, 'I got to tell you man-to-man, you've been screwed, ' " Mr. D'Souza recalled.
His tweets about the Parkland students have been sharply criticized by some Florida Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott. D'Souza eventually discarded his more classically liberal conservatism for a caustic and conspiratorial strain of rhetoric.