It looks like President Donald Trump might not be done with his pardon pen yet. On Air Force One a few moments ago, the president told reporters he was considering a pardon for Martha Stewart and a commutation of former Illinois Governor Rod. Blagojevich:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says he's considering commuting sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, pardoning Martha Stewart.
— darlene superville (@dsupervilleap) May 31, 2018
In press chat on Air Force One, Pres Trump says he's also considering pardons or commutations for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and for @MarthaStewart.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 31, 2018
Both Blago and Stewart appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice”:
NEW: Trump, on AF1, says he's considering pardoning/commuting the sentence of former IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, and @MarthaStewart.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 31, 2018
Or maybe the Comey-connection is the pattern?
Jim Comey prosecuted Martha Stewart, and Comey’s best friend Pat Fitzgerald prosecuted Blagojevich and Scooter Libby.
It's as if Trump is building a squad of convicted felons who'll unite with him to battle the evil villain, Federal Prosecution.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) May 31, 2018
And still no word on Alice Marie Johnson, the woman Kim Kardashian spoke to the president about yesterday:
I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 31, 2018
Update: From the press pool transcript:
I am seriously thinking about not pardoning but I am seriously thinking of a curtailment of Blagojvich
Reporter provides the word commutation.
Because what he did does not justify 18 years in a jail. If you read his statement it was a foolish statement there was a lot of bravado but it does not .. plenty of other politicians have said a lot worse. And it doesnt, he shouldnt have been put in jail.
And hes a Democrat. Hes not my party. But I thought that he was treated unfairly.
Trump said he spoke to Dsouza for three minutes last nighthe almost had a heart attack.
And there are others. I think to a certain extent Martha stewart was harshly and unfairly treated. And she used to be my biggest fan in the world before I became a politicna. But thats ok I dont view it that way.
After meeting with Kim Kardashian on prison reform, Trump grants full pardon to Dinesh D’Souza https://t.co/F4VeV2zdLa
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 31, 2018