This is Trump's fifth pardon. He's also a prominent Christian activist; he used to be the president of a Christian college but resigned after he became engaged to one woman while still married to another. Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion.
Patti Blagojevich, the former governor's wife, said she and the couple's two children were "very encouraged" by Trump's comments.
"Dinesh D'Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process", wrote Preet Bharara, at the time a U.S. attorney in Manhattan, describing D'Souza's alleged scheme to use straw donors to make contributions to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long in 2012.
But political controversy aside, the crime that landed D'Souza in jail centered on campaign finance violations.
Conservative scholar and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, left, accompanied by his lawyer Benjamin Brafman leaves federal court in NY.
The federal prosecutor who oversaw Stewart's case in NY was James Comey, one of Trump's principal antagonists and the man he fired as FBI director past year. The White House announced later Thursday that the pardon had been granted.
Stewart and Blagojevich both were involved with Trump's "Apprentice" reality TV television show.
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"It's something that we've absorbed over time, but I remain costly optimistic with this president", Robert Blagojevich said, "who has proven to be very unpredictable and do things that, to me, are very clear and commonsensical that defy political norms".
Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for trying to sell Obama's former Senate seat and for extortion relating to IL funds for a children's hospital and racetrack.
- Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 31, 2018Never forget that Dinesh D'Souza unapologetically tweeted this right after the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Conservatives rallied around D'Souza, saying he had been singled out in a politically motivated prosecution by then-President Barack Obama's Justice Department. And he said that I got to tell you man-to-man have you been screwed.
Trump told reporters on Air Force One Thursday that he may commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is doing 14 years on a federal corruption conviction, and pardon Martha Stewart, who served five months in a federal prison for obstructing justice and related charges stemming from an illegal stock trade.
Last week, Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case. The origin of the pardon dates back hundreds of years to English monarchy, said Steven Schwinn, an expert in constitutional law and a professor at the John Marshall Law School.
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, convicted on perjury and obstruction of justice in Central Intelligence Agency leak case disclosing identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson, was pardoned in April. "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".