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Trump Will Pardon Conservative Commentator Dinesh D’Souza

01 June 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will grant a full pardon on Thursday to conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to federal campaign finance law violations.

"Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today", Trump tweeted, adding that D'Souza was treated unfairly by the government. He was convicted in 2011 for misusing his powers as governor, including an attempt to sell former President Barack Obama's Senate seat before he was caught by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The liberal group Public Citizen described the pardon as a "blazing signal" to Mr. Trump's allies that they will be rewarded for loyalty amid special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. Trump said she was "unfairly treated" and "used to be my biggest fan in the world". Trump and Stewart later had a falling out, leading to public quarrels between the two reality stars. "I can not believe how stupid I was, how careless, and how irresponsible", D'Souza wrote in a statement to the judge.

Donald Trump pardoned a firebrand conservative author on Thursday and signalled that similar clemency could be on the way for lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, the latest in a series of controversial pardons by the USA president. "Giuliani mentioned her case when discussing why they refuse an interview". "Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both", Mr. D'Souza said.

"Bravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views", Cruz said Thursday in a tweet.

"Donald Trump has sent a message to his friends and cronies that if you break laws to protect him or attack our democracy, he's got your back", said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice.

After D'Souza's pardon, some constitutional scholars, legal analysts and Democratic lawmakers accused Trump of undermining the rule of law with pardons based on political considerations. Last August, he pardoned former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling of Hispanics.

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This is Mr. Trump's fifth pardon since taking office.

Regarding Blagojevich, Trump said he was considering commuting his sentence, which he described as "really unfair" punishment for "foolish" behavior.

Completing the circle, Fitzgerald also prosecuted Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the Dick Cheney aide recently pardoned by Trump. But D'Souza told the conservative Daily Caller that Republican Sen.

Trump past year pardoned former Phoenix-area sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling him a patriot who was unfairly treated by the Obama administration.

D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to asking associates to make donations to a Senate candidate, and then reimbursing them ― thereby exceeding campaign finance limits.

As part of his guilty plea, D'Souza admitted that he "knew what he was doing was wrong and something the law forbids", the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said in a statement.

"Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs", D'Souza tweeted next to a photo of students disappointed by the Florida legislature's failure to approve a ban on assault weapons. Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, has not yet decided whether he will attend.

Trump Will Pardon Conservative Commentator Dinesh D’Souza