According to CNN, President Trump informed reporters on Thursday that he is considering pardoning Martha Stuart.
President Trump's remarks came only hours after he pardoned the conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. And last week, Trump announced that he would pardon the deceased boxer, Jack Johnson. When he announced the latter, the president received an abundance of praise from the mainstream media, who took Trump's action as a meaningful gesture to combat racism and promote racial justice.
But the announcement about Martha Stewart, who was investigated for insider training, will unlikely earn him praise from the media. Indeed, Stewart was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction, and making false statements to investigators. She was convicted in March 2004 and was later sentenced to serve a five-month term in a federal correctional facility.
Trump told reporters, "I think to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated. And she used to be my biggest fan in the world … before I became a politician."
Stewart was convicted on these felony charges by the prosecutor and former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump last year and has since been an outspoken critic of his administration.
Trump is also reportedly is considering a pardon of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, another potential move that will unlikely earn him praise from the media.
"There's another one that I'm thinking about, Rod Blagojevich," Trump said aboard Air Force One, according to Politico. "Eighteen years in jail for being stupid and saying things that every other politician, you know that many other politicians say."
Blagojevich served as the governor of Illinois for six years from 2003 to 2009, until he was impeached and removed from office. The impeachment came after the governor was charged for corruption after allegations that he solicited bribes for political appointments, including the seat vacated by former president and Illinois senator, Barack Obama. He was convicted to 14 years in federal prison.
Trump believes that the former governor was treated unfairly.
"He shouldn't have been put in jail," the president said, according to CNBC News.
Both of the stars were a part of Trump's NBC "The Apprentice" franchise.
In recent news, Melania Trump put rumors to rest in her latest statement.