President Trump on Thursday pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D ‘ Souza, right. The President said later in the day, as he would think, pardon or commute the sentences of Martha Stewart, center, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left.,
President Trump said Thursday he was considering a pardon or commute the sentences of Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, after his announcement earlier in the day, a full pardon for conservative filmmaker Dinesh D ‘ Souza.
The president’s comments came during a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One on the way to Houston, Texas.
Trump, the Ex-Governor’s sentence, called on corruption charges “really unfair” and added that “many other politicians would have said much worse.”
The President said that Blagojevich said something stupid, but to do that, “many politicians”.
“I’ll tell you one thing … there is another, I think. Rod said Blagojevich — 18 years in prison for stupid and say things that any other politician, you know that many other politicians say,” Trump told reporters. “And if you look at what he said, he said something to the effect of” what do I get ” … to say stupid thing.”
The former democratic Governor who was a contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010, began his 14-year prison sentence in 2012 after he was convicted of corruption. Blagojevich is the planned release date is in 2024.
Blagojevich the Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009, when he was accused and convicted of corruption charges over allegations that he took bribes for political appointments including the open US Senate seat, the former President Barack Obama.
Trump suggested he was more interested in “compromising his pack” than a full pardon.
“I am seriously thinking about it – not forgive – but I am seriously thinking of a restriction on Blagojevich,” Trump said.
The President also said he would consider a pardon Stewart, said she “used to be one of my biggest fans.”
“And there are others. I think to a certain degree, Martha stewart hard-and unfairly treated. And she was my biggest fan in the world … before I was a politician said,” Trump. “But that’s ok, I don’ T see it that way.”
Stewart was sentenced in 2004 of obstruction of justice and lying to the government as part of an insider-trading case. At the time, former FBI Director, James Comey, the Federal Prosecutor’s office, Stewart was charged.
The president’s comments come after an early morning tweet to announce that he would forgive D’souza.
“Give a Full pardon Dinesh D’souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!”, the President tweeted on Thursday morning.
D’souza told Fox News that he informed a call from the President on Wednesday him of the decision.
“I am thrilled and relieved and elated, and as immigrants in America, my American dream under something of a cloud, so I’m very relieved that the cloud lifted,” said D’souza told Fox News on Thursday.
D’souza said he and Trump talked for about 10 minutes, called it a “very good and very exciting.”
“President Trump told me that he felt that I was treated was very wrong, and he felt that I was an important voice for America,” said D’souza said. “He wanted to clean my record and follow continue to do what I do.”
The conservative film-maker had pleaded guilty, in the year of 2014 for the donation of $20,000 to a New York politician, Wendy Long, allegedly over the contribution limit, to give by other donors. He was sentenced to five years probation and eight months in a house on half-way, and paid a $30,000 fine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.