5/31/2018 12:21:00 PM Trump may commute Blagojevich's term
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today that he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who did a stint in federal prison after she was convicted of charges related to a stock sale.
Hours earlier, Trump said on Twitter that he will pardon conservative commentator and Obama critic Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.
As he left Washington to fly to Texas, Trump tweeted: “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” D’Souza, an outspoken critic of former President Barack Obama, had claimed that his prosecution by the Obama Justice Department was politically motivated, but the presiding federal judge said D’Souza had failed to prove it.
Trump later shared with reporters aboard Air Force One his thoughts on Blagojevich and Stewart.
Blagojevich, the Democratic former governor, began serving a 14-year prison sentence on corruption convictions in 2012. His scheduled release date is 2024. Blagojevich was also a contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality television show in 2010.
Stewart was convicted in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she unloaded stock just before the price plummeted. She served five months in prison.
Trump also told reporters accompanying him to Texas that no one asked him to pardon D’Souza, whose case had become a cause in conservative circles.
Trump said he only knew D’Souza from TV and reading his works. He said he telephoned D’Souza on Wednesday night.