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The self-proclaimed political "dirty trickster" was speaking to Trump's announcement Thursday of a full pardon for conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to a campaign finance law charge in 2014.

Stone's speculation joined that of many of Trump's critics, who are questioning the intentions behind the president's use of pardons as Mueller's probe continues into its second year. "The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers". Trump's picks so far, however, appear to be for people he knows whose cases have not been investigated by the office, Morison said.

"Then he got fired & I got pardoned", Mr. D'Souza said.

In 2014, D'Souza pleaded guilty to reimbursing two of his associates after directing them to contribute $10,000 (Rs 6.74 lakh) each to the 2012 Senate campaign of Republican candidate Wendy Long, reported CNBC. Trump said she was "unfairly treated" and "used to be my biggest fan in the world". In addition to D'Souza and Johnson, Trump has pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a top Trump supporter during the 2016 campaign.

Conservative scholar and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, left, accompanied by his lawyer Benjamin Brafman leaves federal court in NY.

It was not immediately clear who she was referring to, though CNN has previously reported that Blagojevich's conviction has ties to former FBI Director James Comey, who the President abruptly fired a year ago.

On Thursday, he told reporters on Air Force One that he is considering pardoning home and lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart. Blagojevich was also a contestant on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice reality television show in 2010.

"I'm very grateful to President Trump for giving me my [full] rights back", he said.

Blagojevich was convicted on numerous counts of corruption, including for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama and for shaking down a children's hospital.

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Following the announcement, Trump told reporters he was considering a pardon for homestyle maven Martha Stewart and also commuting disgraced former IL governor Rod Blagojevich's sentence.

D'Souza also fits that approach, Wright said. Trump also told reporters that what Blagojevich said, while "stupid", was something "many other politicians say".

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.

Before he started making documentaries, D'Souza was a prominent conservative writer and pundit, and was briefly president of a Christian college in NY.

"What he did does not justify 18 years in jail", Trump said.

D'Souza is a best-selling author and successful filmmaker who served as an adviser in the Reagan administration.

Also pardoned was former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Watchdog groups criticized D'Souza's pardon, saying it signaled the president's contempt for the rule of law.


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