6/24/2022

INVESTIGATIONS/PARDONS: “Among the many revelations surfaced in the ongoing hearing by the U.S. House committee investigating the riots of Jan. 6, 2021 is that a group of House Republicans — including Reps. Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Scott Perry — sought pardons from former President Donald Trump in […]

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1/20/2021

PARDONS/STEVE BANNON: “President Donald Trump issued a raft of 11th-hour pardons and commutations early Wednesday [Jan. 20, 2021] that included his onetime political strategist, a former top fundraiser and two well-known rappers but not himself or his family. The batch of 73 pardons and 70 commutations issued in the final hours of his presidency was […]

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12/23/2020

2016 ELECTION/PARDONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former Trump 2016 campaign adviser George Papadopoulos celebrated the pardon President Trump granted to him while noting that he may not be done with his accusers. Papadopoulos served a 14-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to providing false statements to investigators about the timing of his meeting a professor with supposed ties […]

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12/22/2020

PARDONS: “President Trump granted clemency on Tuesday to two people who pleaded guilty in the special counsel’s Russia inquiry, four Blackwater guards convicted in connection with the killing of Iraqi civilians and three corrupt former Republican members of Congress… The 15 pardons and five commutations were made public by the White House in a statement […]

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12/18/2020

LIZ CHENEY/MEDIA/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Well, at least she was happy when I pardoned Scooter Libby. We got a GREAT new Senator from her state [Wyoming], not Liz! RT @DarrenJBeattie Absolutely blistering piece on Liz Cheney, of the disgraced Cheney family, from REVOLVER Let’s her and her enablers feel this one” ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 18, […]

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12/3/2020

BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN/PARDONS: “Now, in terms of the pardons, you’re not going to see, in our administration, that kind of approach to pardons, nor are you going to see in our administration the approach to making policy by tweets. It’s just going to be a totally different way in which we approach the justice system.” -Joe […]

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11/25/2020

MICHAEL FLYNN/PARDONS/PRESS SECRETARY: “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency granting a Full Pardon to General Michael T. Flynn. The President has pardoned General Flynn because he should never have been prosecuted… General Flynn should not require a pardon. He is an innocent man… The prosecution of General Flynn is yet […]

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11/25/2020

MICHAEL FLYNN/PARDONS: “President Donald Trump said he issued a pardon Wednesday [Nov. 25, 2020] to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ending a three-year legal odyssey for the retired Army general who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador prior to Trump’s inauguration. The president’s action, coming in […]

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11/25/2020

HOLIDAY/MICHAEL FLYNN/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Have a great life General Flynn! RT @realDonaldTrump It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 25, 2020 1:34 pm […]

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11/24/2020

PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On behalf of the entire Trump family, I want to wish every American a healthy and very happy Thanksgiving. We’re here today to continue a beloved annual tradition: the official presidential pardon of a very, very fortunate turkey, because Thanksgiving is a special day for turkeys — I guess, probably for the […]

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11/24/2020

HOLIDAY/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On behalf of the entire Trump Family, I want to wish every American a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! Today we gathered in the Rose Garden to continue a beloved annual tradition: the Official Presidential Pardon of a very fortunate Thanksgiving Turkey…. https://twitter.com/i/status/1331328530391719937″ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 24, 2020 9:07 am […]

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8/28/2020

MEDIA/PARDONS: “So we’re taking Alice [Johnson] from a commutation to a full pardon, and I’m going to sign it right now… And we thought maybe I’ll sign this, and then maybe you’ll like to say a prayer. And maybe you could include the media because they need it probably more than we do. They definitely […]

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8/28/2020

PARDONS: “President Donald Trump on Friday granted a full pardon to Alice Marie Johnson, a criminal justice reform advocate whose life sentence he had previously commuted… ‘Just keep doing the great job you’re doing,’ the president said, noting her work advocating for the release of other prisoners locked up for nonviolent offenses… Johnson, who was […]

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8/25/2020

PARDONS: “President Trump on Tuesday [Aug. 25, 2020] announced a pardon of Jon Ponder as part of the convicted bank robber-turned activist’s appearance at the Republican National Convention. Ponder, who founded the nonprofit Hope For Prisoners, spoke in a video at the convention, along with Richard Beasley, the FBI agent who arrested him. The president […]

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8/15/2020

PARDONS/WHISTLEBLOWER: [Reporter: “Do you want to give Edward Snowden a pardon and bring him back? You once suggested that he was a traitor and should be executed.”] “Well, I’m going to look at it. I mean, I’m not that aware of the Snowden situation, but I’m going to start looking at it. There are many, […]

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7/13/2020

PARDONS/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I’m getting rave reviews for what I did for Roger Stone. And he, frankly, is going to go and now appeal his case. He had a jury forewoman who hated Roger Stone and who hated, probably, me. But she went on a false pretense. And he wasn’t given a fair trial… […]

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7/11/2020

MICHAEL FLYNN/PARDONS/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Roger Stone was treated horribly. Roger Stone was treated very unfairly. Roger Stone was brought into this witch hunt, this whole political witch hunt and the Mueller scam — it’s a scam, because it’s been proven false. And he was treated very unfairly, just like General Flynn was treated […]

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7/10/2020

PARDONS/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr. Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was […]

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2/26/2020

PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “It was as if the last decade had not happened. Wearing a black turtleneck and blazer — an American flag pin affixed to its lapel — Bernard B. Kerik made an appearance on Fox News. Then it was on to a Midtown steakhouse for dinner and Ketel-One-and-cranberry cocktails, courtesy of his […]

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2/19/2020

DEMS/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A defiant, fresh-out-of-prison Rod Blagojevich heaped praise Wednesday [2-19-20] upon President Donald Trump for his decision to commute the former Illinois governor’s 14-year prison sentence for corruption. ‘I’m returning home today from a long exile, a freed political prisoner,’ Blagojevich said during a news conference outside his home in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. […]

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12/9/2019

MEDIA/PARDONS/ROGER STONE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Roger Stone’s supporters are making a pardon pitch everywhere President Donald Trump looks: Fox News, InfoWars, Twitter, even the White House driveway. Michael Flynn abruptly hired a bombastic lawyer who spouts Trump-friendly theories about FBI duplicity that are widely seen as a pardon play. In any other administration, at any other […]

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9/4/2019

DHS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/INVESTIGATIONS/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [9-4-19] subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security for documents connected to President Donald Trump’s alleged offer to pardon officials who break the law while carrying out his immigration agenda. Trump has denied making such an offer, and his allies have reportedly claimed his closed-door […]

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8/8/2019

GOP/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Illinois’ delegation of House Republicans on Thursday [8-8-19] urged President Donald Trump not to commute the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the state’s former governor, after the president told reporters he was considering doing so. In a statement, Reps. Darin LaHood, John Shimkus, Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis and Mike Bost said that […]

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8/7/2019

DEMS/PARDONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday [8-7-19] he was considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying seven years was enough time in prison…Blagojevich, a Democrat, was impeached then removed from office in 2009 for corruption and was later indicted on multiple corruption charges. He was accused of trying to solicit […]

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7/29/2019

PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump granted clemency to seven men on Monday [7-29-19], including Ted Suhl, an Arkansas man convicted in 2016 of paying bribes to a state official. Mr. Trump commuted Mr. Suhl’s prison sentence and that of Ronen Nahmani, a Florida man convicted in 2015 of selling synthetic marijuana. The remaining men […]

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7/24/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/PARDONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “After Bernard L. Madoff admitted to masterminding the largest Ponzi scheme in history and bilking thousands of investors out of their cash, he was punished with a sentence that made it likely he would die in federal prison — 150 years. Now, a decade into his time, at the age of 81, […]

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6/27/2019

COURTS/LEGAL/PARDONS/PAUL MANAFORT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, was escorted into a courtroom on Thursday [6-27-19] to face state fraud charges that the Manhattan district attorney has brought in an effort to ensure Mr. Manafort could still face prison time even if he is pardoned for his federal crimes. Appearing in […]

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5/21/2019

LEGISLATION/NEW YORK/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The New York State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday [5-21-19] that would allow state prosecutors to pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes, closing a loophole that lawmakers said could be exploited by President Trump in a bid to indemnify former associates. The bill, […]

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4/16/2019

BORDER/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee requested information Tuesday [4-16-19] related to President Donald Trump’s reported offer to pardon a top border official if he acted illegally to block asylum seekers. Multiple media outlets reported Friday [4-12-19] that Trump earlier this month told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan he’d […]

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4/13/2019

BORDER/DHS/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not ‘frustrated.’ It is all Fake & Corrupt News!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

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3/25/2019

PARDONS/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “There have been no conversations about President Donald Trump issuing pardons for any of his associates who have been charged or pleaded guilty as part of the U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the White House said on Monday [3-25-19]. There has been ‘no discussion that I’m aware of’ […]

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3/25/2019

PARDONS/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “There have been no conversations about President Donald Trump issuing pardons for any of his associates who have been charged or pleaded guilty as part of the U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the White House said on Monday [3-22-19]. There has been ‘no discussion that I’m aware of’ […]

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3/7/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s advisers dangled the possibility of a pardon for his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen last year, Cohen’s attorney said Thursday [3-7-19], as congressional investigators zero in on the president’s pardon power. The issue of pardons has emerged as a key line of inquiry as Democrats launch a series […]

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3/7/2019

MICHAEL COHEN/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Michael Cohen directed his former lawyer to approach President Donald Trump about a pardon, his current attorney confirmed Thursday [3-7-19]. But Lanny Davis said the revelation does not conflict with his client’s congressional testimony in late February in which Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, claimed he never asked for a pardon.  In […]

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8/23/2018

PARDONS/PAUL MANAFORT/ROBERT MUELLER/RUDY GIULIANI/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “While Paul Manafort was on trial for charges of serious financial crimes, President Donald Trump asked his legal team about the prospect of pardoning his former campaign chairman, according to Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer. But Trump ultimately agreed with his legal team to delay the decision […]

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8/23/2018

LEGAL/PARDONS/ROBERT MUELLER/RUDY GIULIANI/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Amid a series of high-profile pardons and commutations by President Trump in recent months, his personal lawyers cautioned against even considering clemency for former aides under investigation by the special counsel until the inquiry was over, one of the lawyers, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said on Thursday [8-23-18]. Mr. Trump agreed […]

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8/22/2018

MEDIA/PARDONS/PAUL MANAFORT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is not currently looking to pardon Paul Manafort after he was found guilty on eight felony charges, the White House said Wednesday [8-22-18]. But according to a Fox News reporter who asked the president earlier in the day, Trump is indeed considering letting his former campaign chairman off […]

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8/22/2018

PARDONS/PAUL MANAFORT/ROBERT MUELLER/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani have talked about the potential political repercussions of pardoning former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, The New York Times reported Wednesday [8-22-18]. Giuliani told the Times that pardoning Manafort, who on Tuesday was found guilty on eight of 18 financial crimes, […]

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8/22/2018

2016 ELECTION/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen would not accept a presidential pardon, his attorney said on Wednesday [8-22-18], a day after Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges and said he acted at the direction of Trump. In a round of television interviews, Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, said […]

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8/17/2018

PARDONS/PAUL MANAFORT/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump refused to say on Friday [8-17-18] whether he would pardon Paul Manafort as a federal jury in Alexandria ended its second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in Mr. Manafort’s financial fraud trial. The jurors are weighing what prosecutors have called overwhelming evidence that Mr. Manafort, Mr. […]

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7/10/2018

PARDONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump on Tuesday [7-10-18] pardoned a pair of Oregon cattle ranchers who had been serving sentences for arson on federal land — sentences that set off the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in 2016. Dwight L. Hammond, now 76, and his son, Steven D. Hammond, 49, became a cause célèbre that […]

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6/8/2018

PARDONS/SPORTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Friday [6-8-18] that he is considering pardoning Muhammad Ali, a boxing legend who died two years ago and was convicted of refusing to be drafted during the Vietnam War. But it was not immediately clear what Mr. Trump sought to pardon, as Mr. Ali’s conviction was overturned nearly […]

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6/8/2018

PARDONS/SPORTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said he wants to meet with NFL players and other athletes who kneel during the National Anthem so they can recommend people they think should be pardoned due to unfair treatment by the justice system. In what he seemingly sees a solution, President Donald Trump said he wants NFL […]

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6/6/2018

PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump commuted the sentence on Wednesday [6-6-18] of a 63-year-old woman serving life in prison for a nonviolent drug conviction after her case was brought to his attention by the reality television star Kim Kardashian West. Although short of a full pardon, the decision will free Alice Marie Johnson, who has […]

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6/6/2018

CELEBS/PARDONS/PRISONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case during an Oval Office meeting with Trump. Johnson has already served 21 years of a life sentence after she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess […]

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6/4/2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/PARDONS/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump, ramping up his assertions of extraordinary powers, declared in a tweet on Monday [6-4-18] that he had ‘the absolute right’ to pardon himself for any crime. While no president has ever attempted to pardon himself, and it is not clear whether Mr. Trump could legitimately take such a step, […]

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6/4/2018

PARDONS/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump declared Monday [6-4-18] that the appointment of the special counsel in the Russia investigation is ‘totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!’ and asserted that he has the power to pardon himself, raising the prospect that he might take extraordinary action to immunize himself from the ongoing probe. In a pair of early-morning tweets, […]

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6/4/2018

DEMS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/PARDONS/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Donald Trump claims an ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself, top Democratic lawmakers are countering with their own message: ‘You are not a king.’ ‘The restoration of King George lll without his splendid education,morals,or grace,’ Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted, linking to […]

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6/4/2018

DEMS/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!” -Donald Trump, […]

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6/1/2018

OBAMA/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative author and filmmaker pardoned by President Trump, claimed victory on Friday [6-1-2018] over what he characterized as a political prosecution by the administration of President Barack Obama. In terms that evidently resonated with Mr. Trump, who is aggrieved about investigations that he blames on his predecessor, Mr. […]

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6/1/2018

COURTS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/PARDONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A federal appeals court judge is challenging his colleagues’ decision to appoint a special prosecutor to defend a district court judge’s handling of a pardon President Donald Trump issued last year to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on a contempt-of-court charge. An unidentified member of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals objected […]

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6/1/2018

JAMES COMEY/PARDONS/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “There are multiple explanations for President Donald Trump’s latest pardon storm but they are all rooted in a defining character trait — his relish for wielding unchecked power. By expunging the conviction of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, and by hinting at more controversial pardons to come, Trump is showing […]

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5/31/2018

MEDIA/PARDON/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday [5-31-18] that he is considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentence. Trump floated the idea of pardoning or commuting the sentences of the two former ‘Apprentice’ series stars hours after he pardoned the conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. […]

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5/31/2018

MEDIA/PARDON/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Thursday [5-31-18] he would issue a’full pardon’ to conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted in 2014 for funneling illegal campaign contributions to a Republican Senate candidate. Hours later, Mr. Trump followed up and said he was considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, […]

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5/31/2018

PARDON/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [5-31-18] pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former Illinois governor’s prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law. Trump announced his decision to pardon pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty […]

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