After announcing a major pardon Thursday morning President Trump upped the ante. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump suggested that he is considering the commutation or pardon of Martha Stewart and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
According to NBC News
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will pardon conservative provocateur Dinesh D'Souza, and revealed he is weighing pardons or commutations for Martha Stewart and former Illinois. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Stewart, who founded a lifestyle and home merchandising company, was convicted in 2004 on charges related to an insider stock trading case. Stewart sold stock based on a non-public tip she received and avoided a loss on her shares of ImClone Systems, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. She was found guilty at trial on several felony charges, including conspiracy and making false statements to federal investigators, and was sentenced to five months in prison.
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in 2009 on corruption charges that he had solicited bribes for Barack Obama's open Senate seat. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison; he is currently serving his term at the low-security Federal Correctional Institute in Englewood, Colorado.
Trump's talk of pardons and commutations comes the day after reality television star Kim Kardashian went to the White House to press for prison reform and a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence for a first-time conviction on drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges. Trump has not said what he will do about Johnson.
The pardon of Stewart may be a slap in the face of embattled anti-Trump former FBI boss James Comey. Comey worked on the prosecution of Stewart's case.
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