President Trump has been having a pardon party. Normally, pardons are passed out as a president is leaving office. Trump, once again, has defied White House norms, not waiting to deliver Trump justice.
The mainstream media (MSM) is spewing stuff like, “He’s letting Mueller know he can pardon himself,” and “pardons should be reserved for compassionate cases of someone genuinely done wrong by the justice system.” Yeah, like Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich whose divorced wife Denise had funneled large contributions to the Democratic Party, to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign, and to the Clinton Library foundation during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Compassion, Clinton style.
Last week, the President pardoned writer and conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza who broke campaign laws by putting together a whopping $20,000 (yes, 20 Gs) for senate candidate Wendy Long. Yes, some real skullduggery was at work here. Democracy was certainly threatened. An FBI website explains,
In August 2012, D’SOUZA directed other individuals with whom he was associated, namely his assistant and a woman with whom D’SOUZA was romantically involved (the “Straw Donors”), to make contributions to Wendy Long’s campaign for the United States Senate (the “Long Campaign”) on behalf of themselves and their spouses that totaled $20,000 with the promise that he would reimburse them for the contributions. Later that same day or the next day, D’SOUZA, as promised, reimbursed the Straw Donors $10,000 each in cash for the contributions. When confronted by Ms. Long, D’SOUZA initially misled the candidate before admitting what he had done.
Just who was the prosecutor extraordinaire who took down this criminal mastermind? If you watch the Showtime series “Billions” or are addicted to cable news you know what SDNY stands for: Southern District of New York, U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In 2014, when D’Souza was sentenced, the now fired Preet Bharara was running SDNY and crowed, “Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, wilfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process. Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction.”
For an articulate, outspoken conservative, in Bharara’s sociopathic brain, twenty grand equaled a felony, before Trump administered reasonable justice.
There’s talk the President may pardon Martha Stewart. You remember Martha, self-made billionaire, whose trial, as the New York Times reported, “in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, focused on a stock sale that netted her about $45,000, that grabbed much of the spotlight.”
The SDNY was at it back in 2003. This time it was none other than James B. Comey doing the Southern District’s dirty work. The Times reported on the OBSTRUCTION charges,
At a news conference announcing the charges against Ms. Stewart, James B. Comey, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, ”This criminal case is about lying — lying to the F.B.I., lying to the S.E.C., lying to investors.” Addressing a question that has long hovered over the investigation, he added, ”Martha Stewart is being prosecuted not for who she is, but because of what she did.”
SDNY makes its living, paid for by taxpayers, bringing cases like this against; Stewart, lying about an insider trade netting her $45 grand and D’Souza for making a $20,000 campaign contribution.
Trump should pardon Stewart, and she should accept. It would be a good thing.
There is another victim of the SDNY who is deserving of Trump justice. Billy Walters languishes in a Florida prison because Chief FBI agent for Wall Street Investigations, David Chaves, jump-started the dormant insider-trading case against Walters with leaks to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Plus, “in exchange he would ‘from time to time’ receive updates from one reporter on what she had learned about the Walters case,” writes John Fund. “[Chaves] also claimed that Bharara’s U.S. Attorney’s Office knew of the meeting between reporters and the senior FBI agents.”
According to court records, on or about April 17, 2014, Chaves dined with three NYT reporters and leaked details about the Walters investigation. Phone logs indicate that “multiple phone calls” and texts between Chaves and Protess occurred over the next couple of weeks.Officials and supervisors at the FBI and USAO became aware of the leaks the next month, reports Frank Dux for AVArtVoice.com. Dux wrote last month,
[Pro Golfer Phil]Mickelson repeatedly told the FBI in multiple interviews that there was no insider-trading and that Walters was innocent of the charge. Bahara’s investigation into Mickelson exposed huge overseas gambling debts and the prosecutor threatened to indict the pro golfer for money laundering and tax evasion unless he agreed to plead the fifth amendment in the Walters matter thus denying Walters an exculpatory witness. Mickelson folded.
So, of course, Bharara knew about the Chaves leaks and were likely his idea. The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece three years ago entitled, “Preet Bharara’s Methods.” The lead sentence is damning, “Prosecutors enjoy awesome powers and immunity for their conduct, and this means they are seldom held accountable for misconduct.”
The Journal refers to Bharara’s “elastic definition of insider trading.” The financial paper describes “Bharara’s M.O.” as “exploit[ing] tools once reserved for the mafia or terrorists to go after white-collar crime, such as wiretaps and raids.”
Again, the Journal piece ran a year before Mr. Walter’s case and called out the prosecutor for leaking to the press and orchestrating media circuses.
“Mr. Bharara isn’t the first ambitious prosecutor to abuse his discretion,” the WSJ writes. That’s right, before him was James Comey.
Dear President Trump, there are more Preet Bharara misdeeds to undo. First on the list is a pardon for Billy Walters.