NY interim Attorney General Barbara Underwood said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch brothers company tweets support for Kim Kardashian after Trump meeting Romney reveals he wrote in wife's name for president in 2016 Pompeo has dinner with top North Korean official in NY: report MORE's pardoning of conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza shows his willingness to thwart justice and adds urgency to the state's double jeopardy loophole.
Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano said the reason Trump "correctly" said D'Souza was treated "unfairly" is that "historically this has not been treated as a criminal prosecution". He has also granted one commutation of sentence.
"Nonetheless, he's accepted responsibility and the President believes it's appropriate that he receive a pardon after community service, paying a fine, and doing other things that the judge has required", Shah said. "I was married to Dinesh D'Souza for more than 20 years and together with him for over 26 years".
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Mr Babchenko served in the Russian army and fought during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s. He spoke about leaving the country a year ago because of repeated threats against himself and his family.
Shah would not say whether Trump took this action based on any type of recommendation from the Department of Justice's pardon attorney, instead saying the president coordinated with the White House counsel.
Traditionally, pardon petitions are vetted by the pardon attorney before they land on the president's desk.
Entering his new life as a convicted felon, D'Souza dropped the conservative intellectual schtick and embraced his new life as a full blown right-wing troll.
Before pleading guilty in 2014, D'Souza insisted on his innocence and claimed he was targeted for federal prosecution because of his anti-Obama views.
It was the fifth pardon granted by Mr. Trump in 16 months in office. The career prosecutors and agents did their job. "Issuing pardons used to be a more common practice".