Donald Trump’s pardons (past and future) have one thing in common

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"Dinesh D'Souza was convicted of one of the crimes Michael Cohen is under investigation for, campaign finance fraud", Joyce Vance, a former USA attorney, tweeted.

Trump and Stewart famously feuded over 2005's failed The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. (Also noteworthy: James Comey oversaw the Martha Stewart investigation.) Stewart spent five months in prison and five months under house arrest for her crimes and has emerged every bit as successful as before she was incarcerated - so a pardon would do her little good now.

May 31, 2018: Trump tweeted that he would pardon Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator and Obama critic who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud. But I thought that he was treated unfairly'. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job". The prosecutor, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, was an Obama appointee later fired by Trump.

"The president has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologised for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness".

D'Souza is a former policy analyst under President Ronald Reagan and a prolific author well known for works critical of former President Barack Obama.

A senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, denied D'Souza's pardon was a message to anyone. "No". He was president of The King's College in New York City from 2010 to 2012, according to his website.

"As our office's record reflects, we will investigate and prosecute violations of federal law, particularly those that undermine the integrity of the democratic electoral process, without regard to the defendant's political persuasion or party affiliation", he said in 2014.

"Bravo!" Cruz wrote in a tweet in which he claimed that D'Souza "was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration [because] of his political views". "So I don't in that sense regret my experience", he said.

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.

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"President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon", Underwood said of D'Souza.

All the cases have involved public figures or received media attention - from Scooter Libby to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"Nobody wants to criticize displays of mercy because we think they're so sorely lacking, but most of these wouldn't be on anyone's "Top 10" list of people who have been mistreated by the system", Ring said.

D'Souza was born in Mumbai and became a naturalized US citizen in 1991. "I don't know him other than that he was on The Apprentice for a short period of time". "And he's a Democrat".

The democrat is now serving a 14-year prison sentence after being convicted on corruption charges related to a scheme to sell the Senate seat left vacant by then president-elect Barack Obama in 2008.

Trump has pardoned other notable conservatives convicted of various offenses. Also, then-U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, a longtime friend of Comey, prosecuted the case.

From the start of the Russian Federation investigation, Trump has labeled it a "witch hunt". The Libby case was taken up by conservatives who argued he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel.

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