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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday criticized Trump's pardons of his supporters and called on the state Legislature to change the state's double-jeopardy law so that those who break its laws can not evade justice with a presidential pardon.

D'Souza also thanked Trump on Twitter: "Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America". Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion.

The announcement drew criticism from some Democrats and legal analysts who said the Republican president had undermined the rule of law with a series of pardons based on political considerations.

Mueller in recent weeks has issued subpoenas to two of Stone's associates.

D'Souza, who came to the USA as a student from Mumbai and went on to work in the Reagan White House, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2012 by using "straw donors" to contribute more money than allowed to the campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican who was running for the NY state Senate.

Trump tweeted that D'Souza "was treated very unfairly by our government!"

Pardoning D'Souza (shown above) now, Schaub said, is a "brazen act" that could send a message to figures in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

"Trump's Dinesh D'Souza pardon today, on top of his pardons of Scooter Libby and Joe Arpaio, make sense only as an elephant-whistle to Michael Cohen & all who know damning things about Trump: protect me & I'll have your back". That prosecution was led by one of Bharara's predecessors as US attorney, James B. Comey, who would go on to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director and also get fired by Trump.

Mr Trump's remarks came just hours after he announced that he would pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza.

Possibly mixing up years with actual corruption charges, Trump added four years onto Blagojevich's actual 14-year sentence in saying "eighteen years is, I think, really unfair".

The editorial titled "Dinesh D'Souza?"

Mr Trump told reporters on Thursday aboard Air Force One that Stewart, best known as a famous homemaker and TV personality, was "to a certain extent ... harshly and unfairly treated".

The US leader later said he was also considering commuting the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, a former IL governor jailed for corruption, and Stewart, the celebrity chef jailed for five months in 2004-05 for making false statements in an insider trading case.

D'Souza is a best-selling author and successful filmmaker who served as an adviser in the Reagan administration. D'Souza's 2016 film Hillary's America racked up millions in ticket sales from conservative moviegoers. Her indictment and subsequent conviction stemmed from her lying to investigators about insider stock trading and a cover-up effort.

Trump last week posthumously pardoned boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, who was jailed a century ago because of his relationship with a white woman. Trump pardoned Libby 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".


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