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US President Donald Trump's decision to pardon Indian-American conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza is being strongly criticised here, with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood describing it as thwarting the cause of justice. Schwinn said. Article II, Section 2 gives presidents the "power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment".

It wasn't the first time Mr. Trump expressed sympathies for Blagojevich, although it was the first time while president. Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion.

Still, experts say the signal about a potential pardon is meant to assuage former campaign aides, including Paul Manafort and Cohen, to remain loyal to the president.

Saying he was treated "very unfairly", President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will pardon conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty four years ago to violating USA campaign finance laws.

Trump didn't elaborate on how the government had wronged D'Souza, who admitted that he had close associates contribute $10,000 to New York Republican Wendy Long's campaign for the Senate.

Donald Trump pardoned a firebrand conservative author on Thursday and signalled that similar clemency could be on the way for lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, the latest in a series of controversial pardons by the U.S. president.

She said she had been heartened by the suggestion that Trump might pardon her husband, even after Obama, a member of Blagojevich's own party, had declined to do so. That prosecution was led by one of Bharara's predecessors as US attorney, James B. Comey, who would go on to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director and also get fired by Trump. D'Souza pleaded guilty to using a "straw donor" to make the donation.

D'Souza is the latest controversial right-wing figure to get a reprieve from the president. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job", he said.

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"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. "Contribution limits are a key bulwark against corruption in politics and pardoning the man who knowingly violated them is in direct conflict with his pledge to drain the swamp in Washington".

Conservatives rallied around D'Souza, saying he had been singled out in a politically motivated prosecution by President Barack Obama's Justice Department.

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".

Mr. D'Souza is the author of almost 20 books and producer of four movies, with the latest one being "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party".

Most recently, he apologized for a tweet taunting survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., after Florida lawmakers opted not to ban assault weapons.

His tweets about the Parkland students have been sharply criticized by some Florida Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott. Here are some of the best jokes on Twitter today about D'Souza's pardon.

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