Thursday, May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday 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.
PDT is totally correct for pardoning Dinesh. I knew him a bit back in the day. He's a close friend of a close friend. He may have been guilty of violating a technical campaign law, one that shouldn't exist in the first place, but he was absolutely selectively prosecuted.
Martha Stewart could be pardoned, if only for the sake of going up the liberals' noses. She probably did insider trade, but her domestic stylings are pretty awesome, I'm told. The SEC and US Attorneys could find better targets. But as to Martha, whatever. She's sure no Marc Rich.
This is one of the reasons we have a pardon power: to protect those who bring political animus upon themselves but violate the law perhaps only technically. Dinesh did pretty hard time, not far from me, in a prison in Otay Mesa. He wrote a book about it.