Trump says will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza

Trump says will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza

Trump says will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza

As he left Washington for a trip to Texas, Trump tweeted: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today".

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano said the reason Trump "correctly" said D'Souza was treated "unfairly" is that "historically this has not been treated as a criminal prosecution".

Before pleading guilty, D'Souza claimed he was targeted for federal prosecution because of his anti-Obama views.

"What should have been a quick minor fine, like everybody else with the election stuff", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

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Trump said he only knew D'Souza from TV and reading his works. "So grateful!" Debbie D'Souza tweeted.

D'Souza, 53, admitted in 2014 he illegally reimbursed two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in NY of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the 1980s.

He was sentenced to five years of probation.

D'Souza is both a best-selling author and a filmmaker, and NBC News describes him as a "conservative provocateur".

The announcement drew criticism from some Democrats and legal analysts who said the Republican president had undermined the rule of law with a series of pardons based on political considerations.

"Dinesh D'Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, wilfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process", Bharara wrote. Long lost to Democratic Sen. His movie "2016: Obama's America's", in 2012, had become the second-highest-grossing political documentary film produced in the US.

In a book titled The End of Racism: Finding Values in an Age of Technoaffluence, D'Souza said slavery wasn't a racist institution and segregation "represented a compromise on the part of the Southern ruling elite seeking, in part, to protect blacks".

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