>> President Donald Trump said Thursday, he'll grant a full pardon to controversial conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who plead guilty to a felony several years ago for violating campaign finance laws. Trump also said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, and commuting the sentence of Illinois' imprisoned former Governor, Rod Blagojevich.
Trump's move adds to a string of recent pardons from Arizona anti-immigration hardliner Joe Arpaio to Scooter Libby, a convicted former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Justice Department reporter, Sarah Lynch.>> It is certainly is an indication that he's not afraid to use the power of the pardon.
And that he is kind of bypassing traditional norms that we've seen in the more recent past of consulting the justice department prior to doing so.>> D'Souza may be best known for a book and documentary that suggested former President Obama was a threat to American democracy, due to quote, anti-colonialist rage inherited from his Kenyan father.
D'Souza claimed he had been targeted by prosecutors for his attacks on Obama. Finding support from President Trump, who said D'Souza was treated very unfairly. Critics said Trump is showing a disturbing pattern of pardoning his political allies. This has left many wondering how Trump plans to use his pardon power in the future.
>> It's unclear if President Trump is considering pardoning anybody who is subject to Robert Mueller's investigation. There's been questions about whether he might want to pardon Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor, or his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And Trump's not said one way or the other.
>> In the meantime, Trump is weighing similar clemency for Blagojevich, currently serving 14 years for corruption, and Stewart, who served time in connection with an insider trading case in the early 2000s. Both prosecutions involved a top Trump nemesis, former FBI Director, James Comey.