The reason for the pardon the President put into his tweet is that D & # 39; Souza was "unfairly treated by our government."
And despite the fact that he heads the government, Trump has complained about the government treating him also unfairly.
The notable feature of Trump's pardon is that most of them were extremely political, either sending political messages or giving political scores. The president hands over these things like political party preferences.
And he really enjoys doing it! The former Bush administration lawyer, Scooter Libby, said Trump was "exciting."
Some have argued that he is sending a message to former counselors who are being forced by the prosecution to work with Special Adviser Robert Mueller. OK for them down the street. That could be, though Trump was once questioned by a reporter and he called it a "stupid, stupid question." But Trump's political nature of Trump's pardon is undeniable.
Here are the proofs:
Political Pardon 1
: Joe Arpaio, controversial sheriff, immigrant hardliner, Birther
Trump rewarded a political backer and criticized the justice system as making a mistake when he Former Maricopa County pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio in August, spares his longtime supporter a jail sentence for criminal contempt during Arpaeo's tenure. Arpaeo's specific crime was ignoring a court order to stop profiling Latinos. Trump, it should be said, has publicly complained about the restrictions that the courts have imposed on their own immigration plans.
Trump has not consulted his Ministry of Justice on a pardon, but has taken the step by itself and teased a rally in Phoenix a week ago.
"So Sheriff Joe was sentenced for his work?" Trump asked Rallyegänger.
In addition to his Trump supporter, Arpaio was also known to promote the conspiracy theory that stoked Trump over Obama's birth certificate.
Political Pardon 2: Kristian Saucier, Marine Submariners, the "Clinton Defense"
Trump spent most of 2016 imprisoning Hillary Clinton, but he gave Kristian Saucier a free pass.
Prior to the election, Saucier, after pleading guilty that photos of a classified submarine propulsion system found on his cell phone, resembled the emails that landed Clinton in hot water but not criminal Charges brought against her. A judge dismissed Saucier's argument. But it must have been exciting for Trump to forgive him. Trump used the case of Saucier specifically in January to call his own Justice Department to follow Clinton.
Political Pardon 3: Scooter Libby, the identity of the CIA agent is rejected by a Bush
Bush did not apologize for Libby by name, but changed the former chief of staff's decision into Vice President Dick Cheney ,
Libby was convicted for lied to a special lawyer who was not completely different from the one now investigating possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russians.
Political Pardon 4: Dinesh D & # 39; Souza, Conservative Who Was "Treated Unfairly"
Trump uses power differently
Beyond The overthrow of the pardon force much earlier in his presidency, publicly annoying her before he carried it out, and so far used for very political purposes Trump's pardons also differ because they occurred successively.
Political pardons are nothing new. Obama used his power to condemn harsh penalties, especially for drug offenses that have overly affected African Americans.
But they feel different from the almost routine way Trump used power – as if to take a political stand.