On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he will pardon conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza. Trump made the announcement on the Air Force One en route to Texas to visit the families of the Santa Fe high school shooting.
In 2014, D’Souza pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws in 2014.
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” wrote Trump.
After his announcement, Trump told reporters that he is considering pardons for TV personality Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich as well.
Martha Stewart was convicted in 2004 on four counts of obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators regarding a stock sale.
“I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated,” said Trump. “And she used to be my biggest fan in the world before I became a politician. But that’s OK, I don’t view it that way,” he continued, alluding to the fact that Stewart supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Blagojevich was impeached from office and convicted in 2011 of federal corruption charges after he attempted to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.
“18 years in jail for being stupid and saying things that every other politician, you know that many other politicians say,” said Trump.
“If you look at what he said he said something to the effect like, ‘What do I get?’ Stupid thing to say,” he continued. “But he’s sort of saying, he’s going to make a US senator, which is a very big deal. And it was foolish.
“18 years now. I don’t know him other than that he was on The Apprentice for a short period of time.”
Blagojevich received a 14-year sentence, not 18 years, but was convicted on 18 felony corruption charges, perhaps prompting the mistake.
“I am seriously thinking about, not pardoning, but am seriously thinking of a curtailment of Blagojevich,” said Trump.