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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
article appeared in Powerline on June 4th
By Paul Mirengoff
The editors of the
Washington Post are upset
that President Trump pardoned Dinesh D’Souza. They also express concern that
Trump might pardon Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich.
I have no problem
with the D’Souza pardon. The Obama administration threw the book at D’Souza for
a relatively small campaign finance law offense that, as I understand it,
normally results in a slap on the wrist. It did so, in all likelihood, for the
same reason the Post is unhappy with the pardon — D’Souza was a strident and
effective critic of the Obama administration and of liberalism in general.
According to one report I heard, D’Souza’s anti-Obama film was mentioned in the
The Post frets, as
other Trump-haters have, that the D’Souza pardon signals he can overturn the
results of the Mueller investigation. But the president is not obliged to
refrain from using a power that all presidents have (and use) just because his
enemies were able to gin up — out of virtually nothing, it now seems — the
Russia collusion investigation.
In any event,
everyone understands that Trump can (and might) use the pardon power in
connection with Mueller’s investigation. D’Souza’s pardon changes nothing in
However, I agree with
the Post that Trump should think long and hard before pardoning Stewart and/or
Blagojevich. Unlike D’Souza, both were convicted by juries. Trump may think the
verdicts were unjust — in Stewart’s case, many do. But has he read the trial
transcripts to learn what the evidence showed? I doubt it.
At a minimum, Trump
should not pardon either Stewart or Blagojevich without taking into account the
view of the U.S. pardon attorney who normally reviews requests for clemency.
That way, the public can be satisfied that the pardon is not based on Trump’s
mere impression of the cases or some other motive.
important that the DOJ be involved because of two things Stewart and
Blagojevich have in common. First, both appeared on Trump’s reality television
show. Clearly, a past business relationship with Trump is not a good ground for
Second, Stewart was
prosecuted by James Comey and Blago by Comey’s friend Patrick Fitzgerald (as
was Scooter Libby, whom Trump already has pardoned). Comey is Trump’s enemy and
Trump may believe that Fitzgerald, the friend of his enemy, is his enemy by
But pardons should
not be granted to spite prosecutors the president doesn’t like. Moreover, Comey
and Fitzgerald were both respected prosecutors, Comey not having yet flipped
out at the time of the Stewart trial. In any case, it was the juries, not the
prosecutors, who found Stewart and Blago guilty.
a fourteen year sentence. Perhaps that was too long (I don’t know the case well
enough to say). If Trump, after sufficient study, concludes that it was, he can
commute the sentence. But pardoning a guy convicted by a jury after being
caught on tape boasting of his plan to sell a Senate seat would go too far, at
least absent a favorable recommendation from the Justice Department.