"Stone, a longtime associate of Trump's, told the Washington Post that the message was clear: "Indict people for crimes that don't pertain to Russian collusion and this is what could happen". He resigned as president of King's College, a Manhattan Christian school, in 2012 amid reports he became engaged before divorcing his wife. Stone has claimed that the counsel is investigating his personal life and business affairs because he has no evidence of collusion. Referring to previous pardons by Trump, Underwood said, "We can't afford to wait to see who will be next".
In 2014, then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged D'Souza with using "straw donors" to contribute funds to Wendy Long, a Republican who ran for Senate in NY against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012.
It all started with Mr. Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, who in a tweet was highly critical of the presidential pardon to Mr. D'Souza.
D'Souza had plead guilty in 2014 to federal campaign finance law violations.
US to impose limits on some Chinese visas
Trump is also under pressure from Congress to stay tough on China, especially Chinese telecoms-equipment maker ZTE Corp. However, the big risk is that Beijing won't have any confidence in Ross to make a deal that Trump will accept.
D'Souza was born in Mumbai and became a naturalised United States citizen in 1991. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job", he said. "The framers introduced the separation of powers that we have in our Constitution and they designed the pardon power as a check on the legislative and judicial authorities".
The Times suggests that Trump's pardons could be "a signal of loyalty and reassurance to friends and family members who may soon find themselves facing similar criminal charges", but it also suggests an alternative motive: Trump trying to get back at those he perceives as enemies in federal law enforcement.
D'Souza in 2012 released an anti-Obama film, "2016: Obama's America", based on his 2010 book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage".
The president, who has never met D'Souza or spoken to him, last night called him on the phone to inform him about his decision.
Mr. D'Souza is the author of almost 20 books and producer of four movies, with the latest one being "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party". The students had lost 17 classmates and teachers in a shooting that month. "He said that, 'I got to tell you man-to-man, you've been screwed, ' " Mr. D'Souza recalled. In another tweet, he wrote "Adults 1, kids 0".