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All The President’s Pardons

All The President’s Pardons

Dinesh, Martha and Blago (?), oh my

ALL the pardons!

Thursday, Trump announced via Twitter that he will be issuing a full pardon to Dinesh D’Souza.

“The conservative author and filmmaker who pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws in 2014 after he was indicted earlier that year on charges that he illegally used straw donors to contribute to Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long in New York in 2012,” reports CNN.

CNN reports Trump called D’Souza Wednesday night to tell him of the coming pardon before announcing it Thursday. The pardon had been issued before Trump tweeted about it.

The President told reporters D’Souza “almost had a heart attack” upon hearing the news.

The White House statement:

Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) to Dinesh D’Souza, an accomplished author, lecturer, and scholar.

Mr. D’Souza was, in the President’s opinion, a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws. Mr. D’Souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and also completed community service by teaching English to citizens and immigrants seeking citizenship.

In light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr. D’Souza is fully worthy of this pardon.

Needless to say, D’Souza is elated.

D’Souza’s wife thanked Sen. Cruz for keeping the issue in the spotlight.

Sen. Cruz praised Trump’s decision to issue a pardon:

Trump is also considering a few other pardons:

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Comments

NeverTrumper: Authoritarian bananna republic blah blah undermines rule of law blah –

Wife: “but I particularly want to thank @SenTedCruz for putting it on his radar and helping make it happen!”

NeverTrumpers: …. er… uhm… AWKWARD!

    Milhouse in reply to Fen. | May 31, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    You’re babbling. Who has objected to this, or would? Only in your fevered imagination.

      Fen in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Unprovoked personal attack. Check.

      You’re just butthurt that I stole your thunder.

        Those who can’t do, teach.

        Those who can’t teach, teach gym.

        Those who can’t teach gym become a ‘hope and change’ imbecile.

        Those who can’t become a ‘hope and change’ imbecile log onto conservative blogs and make unprovoked personal attacks.

          Yup. If you throw a rock over the fence, the one who screams is usually the one who got hit.

          herm2416 in reply to TheFineReport.com. | May 31, 2018 at 6:18 pm

          Nice,. You just diminished sixteen years of homeschooling my children.
          Homeschooling after a successful career as a stockbroker, and a holder of a Master’s degree in International Economics.
          Next time, perhaps you should think twice about making pithy little comments like that.

          Clear of Vision in reply to TheFineReport.com. | May 31, 2018 at 10:05 pm

          Actually, it’s those who can’t do, teach.
          Those who can’t teach, administrate.
          Those who can’t administrate run for office.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to TheFineReport.com. | June 1, 2018 at 9:58 am

          washed up jocks often become coaches, then move into administration where they screw up the system.

          I taught myself to use a slide rule in 7th grade. I had a woodshop class, and handed in answers to board foot problems in scientific notation,IE, x.xx 10 raised to x power format.

          He marked all the answers wrong because he was a dull witted white washed up jock. He was not a holder of an affirmative degree. His was a jockism degree, very similar to what they started handing out as affirmative action degrees.

      ahad haamoratsim in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Millhouse, the loons are having a field day on Twitter, accusing D’Souza of everything from being a Hitler fan (I’m not making that up) to suspicion of mopery (I did not actually see them make that accusation, but it’s one of the few they haven’t).

        Milhouse in reply to ahad haamoratsim. | May 31, 2018 at 4:28 pm

        These are leftist loons you are referring to, not the NeverTrumpers whom Fen chose to attack, utterly without provocation, and without any reason to suppose they would object to this. And then he has the sheer chutzpah to accuse me of a personal attack, which I did not make, let alone an unprovoked one. Referring to his fevered imagination is not a personal attack. It’s an attack on his words, which bear no relationship to the objective universe.

        Perhaps you know the Hebrew proverb שנאה מקלקלת את השורה; hatred causes a person to behave abnormally. Fen has just given a perfect demonstration of this.

          Fen in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 4:53 pm

          Milhouse: “These are leftist loons you are referring to, not the NeverTrumpers whom Fen chose to attack”

          1) I quoted Never Trumper John McCain.

          “Utterly without provocation”

          2) Never Trumpers provoke attacks by remaining Traitors to the Republican Party

          “and without any reason to suppose they would object to this.”

          3) Again, wrong. Their previous reaction to the pardon of Sherrif Arpaio is a reasonable basis to predict their behavior (and is now confirmed by their outrage on Twitter).

          “he has the sheer chutzpah to accuse me of a personal attack, which I did not make”

          4 You launched an unprovoked personal attack with the words “your fervered imagination”.

          … The only question I have now is why you chose to take my renark personally, I was referring to Never Trumpers not you.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 5:04 pm

          I quoted Never Trumper John McCain.

          You quoted him about a completely unrelated matter. That is dishonest. There is no reason to suppose McCain, or any “NeverTrumper”, would object to D’Souza’s pardon.

          Their previous reaction to the pardon of Sherrif Arpaio is a reasonable basis to predict their behavior (and is now confirmed by their outrage on Twitter).

          No, it is not at all reasonable, and it is not confirmed. On the contrary, the complete lack of any objection proves the exact opposite.

          Referring to your fevered imagination is not a personal attack. It is a perfectly proper attack on your words. But of course you would lie about this just as you do about everything else. Now that is a personal attack, but thoroughly provoked, and thoroughly truthful, as anyone who has browsed your œuvre can verify.

          Fen in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 7:25 pm

          Milhouse: “You quoted him about a completely unrelated matter. That is dishonest.”

          A) NeverTrumper reaction to Trump pardon today.

          B) NeverTrumper reaction to Trump pardon in the past.

          Completely unrelated?

          The dishonesty is yours not mine.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 8:22 pm

          A) NeverTrumper reaction to Trump pardon today.

          What NeverTrumper reaction to Trump pardon today? You made it up. It is completely obvious that there is no possible comparison between the Arpaio pardon and this one. None of the criticisms McCain made of that one apply here. It is dishonest of you to compare them.

        mop·er·y
        /ˈmōpərē/
        noun
        – A glass box filled with sand, rocks, cacti and an apathetic horned lizard.

      dystopia in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      This from CNN:

      New York attorney general: Trump is using his pardon power “to thwart the cause of justice”

      https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/trump-today-05-31-18/index.html

    Fen in reply to Fen. | May 31, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    As for my “fevered imagination”… cough… I’ll just leave this right here:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/26/john-mccain-others-slam-president-trump-over-joe-arpaio-pardon.html

    “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law,” McCain tweeted

    “reveals his own contempt for our Constitution.”

    “Outrageous and completely unacceptable.”

    “would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process”

      Milhouse in reply to Fen. | May 31, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Which is relevant to this pardon how, exactly? Which of McCain’s objections to the Arpaio pardon apply here? To which other presidential pardon has McCain ever objected? The answer to both questions is “none”. The idea that anyone on the right would have the slightest objection to this pardon is a pure product of your fevered imagination and your vicious unreasoning hatred. If you had any decency you’d disappear in shame for at least a week.

        Fen in reply to Milhouse. | May 31, 2018 at 4:59 pm

        I’ll explain it to you once you apologize for the unprovoked personal attack.

        Maybe.

          Milhouse in reply to Fen. | May 31, 2018 at 5:06 pm

          I did not make a personal attack on you, provoked or otherwise. I have nothing to apologize for. Your comment was irrational and motivated by your unreasoning hatred for anyone who dares to disrespect your golden calf.

    cucho in reply to Fen. | June 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Why are people so short-sighted?

    I’ll bet Trump is considering pardoning borth Stewart and Blago in exchange of something. That parson will not come out of the goodness of his heart.

    Blago knows everything about Obama in his pre-2008 years. Stewart has been part of the elite for decades.

    Just consider this:
    What if Blago were to rat out Obama on some stuff the Messiah kept hidden from the public?
    What if Stewart were to rat out the Establishment traitors who’ve been plotting against Trump all along?

    That’s what the pardons are for.

iconotastic | May 31, 2018 at 2:27 pm

One thought I had while wondering “why Martha and Blago” was if the president was letting Flynn and maybe others know that he was willing to consider pardons for people unfairly charged by Mueller who were forced to plead guilty to invalid charges because of lack of funds.

    RobM in reply to iconotastic. | May 31, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I think Flynn and all that will come out as part of a elaborate trap the General and Trump laid for the Deep State. We’ll see if I’m right. Even if not on Flynn, he’s gonna get all those charges and plea thrown out… no problem.

    Next: In the pardons/Commutation(s).. It is the President recognizing Comey, et al, as corrupt.. and that anyone they put away deserves a fresh look. Those prosecutions were political, absolutely. Stewart was a sham prosecution. Message sent: Lying to the FBI should not equal prison time…. not anymore. The FBI is tainted..and deserves no special respect. Not for 100 years anyway. Blago got a unusually harsh sentence and a sham trial. They ruined him. I love that Trump is going to do these. It puts the press and the Trump haters in a bad spot. Good optics!

    Milhouse in reply to iconotastic. | May 31, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Of course he was. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    VaGentleman in reply to iconotastic. | May 31, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Pardoning Blago has the added benefit of allowing him to re-enter the IL political arena. What a disruptive force that could prove to be. The mind boggles! The face smiles!

      94Corvette in reply to VaGentleman. | May 31, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      one major consideration is that if our beloved President commutes the sentence of Blago, (which is the rumor I heard), he is still a convicted felon.

      Edward in reply to VaGentleman. | June 1, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Except he supposedly isn’t pardoning Blago, but commuting his sentence to time served. IF that is true (can’t trust alleged journalists these days to get things right), then Blago remains a convicted felon, just no longer serving the rest of his prison sentence.

I tend to think this is a commentary on Mueller, Comey and the acolyte Fitzgerald as much as its face value. Fitzgerald put away Blago, right? Were there others who should have been indicted in the sale of Obama’s Senate seat?

    Milhouse in reply to Virgo. | May 31, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    No, nobody at all should have been indicted, including Blago. The whole conception of “corruption” that lay behind that prosecution, as well as those of Bob McDonnell, Bob Menendez, Shelly Silver, Ted Stevens, and dozens more, has no basis in law.

Maybe a pardon would induce Rod to shine a little light into the Chicago Way’s closet.

Henry Hawkins | May 31, 2018 at 2:47 pm

I sincerely hope that Stewart and Blago were Celebrity Apprentice! guests is not a factor.

Blago in particular was/is a corrupt skank fully deserving of prison.

I’m fine with the rest of them.

    He would not have gotten an 18 year sentence with eric holder running the justice department if obama didn’t want blago locked up.

    We need to know.

      herm2416 in reply to TheFineReport.com. | May 31, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Blagojevich knows where the bones are buried, that’s why he is in prison, no WAY was obama taking a chance on having him walk free.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to herm2416. | May 31, 2018 at 8:28 pm

        That sounds more like a reason to let him go free. Going to prison is as bad as it gets and would raise the chance he’d spill the beans, assuming he holds any.

Now: imagine the justice department without that GOPe rat sessions stopping justice: hillary klinton would be indicted by now, as would lois lerner, as would obama.

Sessions is proving to be as big a Benedict Arnold as obama.

    Ragspierre in reply to TheFineReport.com. | May 31, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Dickless Donald could gin up the balls to fire Sessions if he had any.

    He doesn’t. Instead, he’ll play his cowardly passive-aggressive games.

D’Souza, I approve. Stewart, too, since she was ground under US Attorney James Comey’s boot for a process crime.

But Blago? That’s a crook of a different stripe.

    Use it to squeeze info out of blago.

    ahad haamoratsim in reply to locomotivebreath1901. | May 31, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Yes, Blago belongs in the Otto Kerner wing of the federal pen until his original sentence is up, with any credits they still give for good time.

    Q: What are the term limits for an Illinois governor?
    A: The US Attorney.

    Blago is 61. He’s getting a commutation of his sentence so another deserving criminal can fill that space while he goes back to his home and sulks. A book will probably be written. Lawsuits against him will roll on. Really, keeping him behind bars is just costing us money right now. No possible government would ever see him elected into public office aga– Well, maybe Washington DC.

      Tom Servo in reply to georgfelis. | May 31, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Agreed – his day is over, keeping him in prison serves no purpose. And I was never a big fan of Martha Stewart – but even at the time everyone knew that was a total bullshit case designed solely to pad out the prosecutors resume. Who was that prosecutor? Oh yeah, a dirty cop named James Comey.

      gospace in reply to georgfelis. | May 31, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      First to mention- for Blago- commutation, not pardon. I can live with that for him.

      Of course, since he’s a Democrat, that won’t be a problem for him if he wants to run for office in Chicago.

    It’s the hair. Those guys have to stick together.

How about Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the video maker Hillary jailed for the Benghazi murders.

    RobM in reply to snopercod. | May 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Hopefully soon! Absolutely. Although, he had a prior conviction on somesuch and they claimed he violated his parole, no? He may not have any charges or conviction based on the film/arrest. Nice way to bring that episode back up though.

      Milhouse in reply to RobM. | May 31, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Nakoula Nakoula is a common crook, who was convicted of fraud, and the terms of his probation included not using false names, and not using the internet without his probation officer’s permission. He violated both of those terms, and was unlucky enough to get caught when first Islamists used his video as an excuse for a (preplanned) riot in Cairo, and 0bama then seized on it to explain away Benghazi as well. If not for that he’d still have been in violation, but he’d have got away with it. There is no constitutional right to get away with probation violations just because nobody’s looking.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to snopercod. | May 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Well, he was prosecuted on probation violations for lying to investigators and lying about his use of a pseudonym, but yeah, it probably wouldn’t have happened were it not expedient for the mess Clinton found herself in after Benghazi. He’s been out since 2013.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to snopercod. | June 1, 2018 at 6:49 am

    I wondered the same thing. And for all the people banging on about what the the UK authorities did to Tommy Robinson, none of them brought up Nakoula Basseley Nakoula being hauled off and put I the slammer for… what?

What about pardoning: Mark Basseley Yousef, the guy blamed for the infamous “Benghazi Riot Video”?

If ever there was a guy who needed to be pardoned for a “Crime” this guy deserves one.

    Milhouse in reply to Paul. | May 31, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    There was nothing imaginary about his crime, and his victims, real people whom he defrauded of their money, would not see justice in pardoning him. He was not punished for making the video; he went back to prison for his actual crime of fraud, and the only role the video played is that it got him caught.

OleDirtyBarrister | May 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm

James Comey prosecuted Martha Stewart. Trump should have pardoned her first just to symbolically jam it up Comey’s rectum.

Peter Fitzgerald prosecuted Blago, he is a friend of Comey, and recently joined Comey’s defense team.

Trump did not like Dinesh’s prosecutor either.

practicalconservative | May 31, 2018 at 7:14 pm

CNN brought out a “legal expert” who claimed that the Article II clause “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed” could be used to override the President’s pardon power if it interfered with the Mueller investigation. (https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/05/02/trump-pardoning-powers-todd-dnt-tsr.cnn)

The President’s pardon power is a plenary power. A pardon is not subject to review in any other place. Impeachment is the only remedy but it would not undue a pardon.

What is CNN thinking?

    CNN brought out a “legal expert” who claimed that the Article II clause “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed” could be used to override the President’s pardon power if it interfered with the Mueller investigation.

    Someone should take away that person’s expert license. Oh wait, there isn’t one. Whoever it is, is a legal expert like my cat is a legal expert. And my cat’s been dead for 13 years.

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