D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months' confinement in a community center. Then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who prosecuted the case, emphatically denied any political motivation. I was just in my office working away and the operator came on the line and asked "Is this Dinesh D'Souza?' 'Yes.' 'Hold the line for the President of the United States" and there was Trump.
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.
Stewart, in 2004, was convicted on four counts of obstruction of justice and lying to investigators about selling her stock in ImClone in 2001, a day before the stock tumbled when regulators rejected the company's application for a cancer drug.
He also said he might move to limit Blagojevich's sentence, indicating that he thought it was excessive. That prosecution was led by one of Bharara's predecessors as USA attorney, James B. Comey, who would go on to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director and also get fired by Trump. "However, I believe this is opening a door, and if he doesn't follow through with [more] people who are not well-known, I think that will be extremely disappointing".More news: EA Sports ran Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 World Cup simulation
In a statement, the White House said the 57-year-old was "in the President's opinion, a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws".
"He's being fearless and courageous", he said, referring to the D'Souza pardon.
D'Souza was prosecuted by Preet Bharara, who was sacked by Trump as USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, and is now a high-profile critic of the administration. But D'Souza told the conservative Daily Caller that Republican Sen. They said D'Souza was "exploiting the fact that he happens to be an outspoken critic of President Obama in a baseless attempt to avoid criminal prosecution".
During his plea hearing, D'Souza admitted how he "knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids".More news: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meets Kim Jong
According to some political analysts, the pardons could be a signal to Trump allies who are now facing charges or are under investigation. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job".
"Look, there are plenty of people the president is looking at right now under the pardon process", he said.
D'Souza took to Twitter to thank Trump. He also noted that Blagojevich is a Democrat.
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