Trump Goes On Pardoning Spree For Indicted Friends Like A Total Crook (DETAILS)

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Donald Trump has been exercising his pardon power again, making two people very happy. Yet, there is likely an underlying, ugly reason for at least one of these pardons.

Trump started out his presidency pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpeio. They were close.

The White House released 45’s statement about why he pardoned the man who forced prisoners into pink underwear and sweltering tents in the Arizona summer sun, according to CNN:

‘Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is (a) worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.’

The AP tweeted breaking news about the new pardons:

‘BREAKING: Trump says he’s considering commuting sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, pardoning Martha Stewart.’

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With his pardon of Arpeio, Trump was sending a message to those caught in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election and possible conspiracy with the Trump campaign. He was saying, :you too can be pardoned.”

Was it any coincidence that former FBI director James Comey and his team prosecuted two of the people he just pardoned? CNBC White House Correspondent Christina Wilkie thought not in her tweet:

‘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.’

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D’Souza himself had his own ideas in a tweet of his own. “

‘Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America. Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both.’

The president pardoned D’Souza, former Bush White House aide Scooter Libby, and Arpaio. Parts of Trump’s ultra-conservative base considered them all martyrs, prosecuted by the “deep state.”

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) agreed with the man sitting in the Oval Office:

‘Bravo! @realDonaldTrump. Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left—which is why they hate him. This is Justice.’

Yet, the commandert-in-chief had so little to say about D’Souza in his only tweet:

‘He was treated very unfairly by our government!’

What then, was Trump’s real message? CNN‘s editor-at-large Chris Cillizza reported what he thought the president was thinking:

‘If you are being unfairly prosecuted or persecuted by the deep state within the Justice  Department/FBI, I have sympathy for you. I am willing to use my pardon power to absolve you. I’ve done it before. I’ll do it again. Why might that message be relevant, you ask? Ask Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.’

Cillizza continued:

‘Without power over the actual investigation, Trump is reduced to sending messages via public channels. Twitter is one way he uses that limited power. In a series of tweets last month, Trump sent a very clear message to Cohen about flipping. ‘

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The Twitter world had some thought of their own. Check out some of our favorites below:

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