Trump to pardon pundit D'Souza for breaking campaign laws

Zach D Roberts  AP

Zach D Roberts AP

Saying he was treated "very unfairly", President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will pardon conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty four years ago to violating USA campaign finance laws.

President Donald Trump has announced on Twitter that he will fully pardon conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza on Thursday.

And despite the fact that he leads the government, Trump has complained that the government treats him unfairly, too. That is, before he plead guilty to using straw donors to make illegal contributions to Wendy Long's unsuccessful senate campaign in 2012. This was more or less the thesis of his 2012 documentary, 2016: Obama's America, which proved immensely popular with some conservative audiences.

D'Souza resigned as president of the Christian-affiliated King's College after he was spotted entering a hotel with a woman who was not his wife, from whom he had been separated.

Unfortunately, that "perceived wrong" did not pertain to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother now serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime and the reported subject of West's meeting with the president.

In the statement, D'Souza acknowledged he was violating the law.

D'Souza pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws in 2014.

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D'Souza has argued that he was unfairly treated by the Obama administration.

"In a tweet celebrating his pardon, D'Souza said "(President Barack) Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America. Eight months of the first year was to be served in a community confinement center.

Trump pardoned Libby in April. The White House deputy press secretary, Raj Shah, told CNN that D'Souza was "an individual who has made restitution and accepted responsibility for his actions", and that "many believe he was subject of selective prosecution".

"D'SOUZA was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman", the statement said. D'Souza said as much as recently as 2017.

But the Obama Justice Department threw the book at D'Souza, anyway: Had Trump not offered his mercy on Thursday, D'Souza would still be on probation.

Closing the loophole would prevent individuals who broke the law in NY from avoiding accountability.

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