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".
In any case, they conclude, the message behind the pardons should worry us "more than Mr. Trump clearing the record of some noxious clown". Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion.
Mueller in recent weeks has issued subpoenas to two of Stone's associates.
In 2014, then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged D'Souza with using "straw donors" to contribute funds to Wendy Long, a Republican who ran for Senate in NY against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012. "He was treated very unfairly by our government".
Trump tweeted Thursday: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today". 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.
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 United States president.
Both had connections to Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show: Blagojevich was a contestant in 2010 and Stewart hosted a 2005 spinoff, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart".
Blagojevich was convicted for corruption for a number of actions, including an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by now-former President Barack Obama.
Trump spoke with reporters on Air Force One, saying he is strongly considering a commutation, calling Blagojevich's 14-year sentence "excessive" and "really unfair".
"What he did does not justify 18 years in jail", Trump said.
Schaub was far from alone in seeing nefarious motives in the pardon - along with other pardons Trump has not even granted but has publicly mulled, such as for businesswoman Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
D'Souza used the experience of his brush with the law as the staging point for a film that was released around the Republican party convention in 2016, at which Trump was crowned the party's presidential candidate.
D'Souza took to Twitter to thank Trump.
Also pardoned was former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
D'Souza, Blagojevich and Stewart had been convicted of such crimes as campaign-finance violations or lying to investigators-charges similar to those brought against Flynn, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and other Trump associates indicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation. "The framers introduced the separation of powers that we have in our Constitution and they designed the pardon power as a check on the legislative and judicial authorities".