Trump says he's giving full pardon to Dinesh D'Souza

Arturo Kim
May 31, 2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former IL governor's prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!" A pardon would relieve D'Souza of any remaining punishments stemming from his conviction, and would restore certain rights, such as his right to vote.

Though he was spared prison time, D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation and a $30,000 fine.

One day after meeting with Kim Kardashian West to discuss prison reform, Donald Trump on Thursday used his presidential pardon powers to right a perceived wrong in the USA criminal justice system.

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The White House Press Secretary later issued an official statement saying "D'Souza was, in the president's opinion, a victim of selection prosecution" - an opinion that was roundly rejected by a federal judge when D'Souza was sentenced. Eight months of the first year was to be served in a community confinement center. He also investigated unfounded claims, supported by Trump, questioning Obama's citizenship.

Then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara accused D'Souza following his sentencing of "willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process".

An immigrant from India, D'Souza has published books fervently defending America, Christianity, and the Western tradition.

In February, Mr. D'Souza was disinvited from a speaking appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference after mocking the Parkland, Fla., shooting survivors on Twitter. The judge said D'Souza had shown the court no evidence that he was targeted.

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