President Trump said Thursday he will grant a pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative pundit who produced theatrical films critical of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
D’Souza was sentenced in 2014 to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a “community confinement center” and a $30,000 fine, after pleading guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws. Obama administration prosecutors had sought 10 months in prison. At the time, D’Souza’s supporters saw a double standard, maintaining Holder’s Justice Department typically ignored similar technical violations in contributions to Democratic Party campaigns.
Trump tweeted Thursday: “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!”
Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 31 May 2018
I’m very relieved to have my record clean in a way that fully restores my faith in America, my American dream,” D’Souza said in an interview on Laura Ingraham’s show. “Something that’s hanging over you and you have the United States of American versus Dinesh D’Souza, and that is now gone.”
He said on the program, “What my case shows in miniature is the way that Obama and Hillary too have gangsterized the U.S. politics. Because if you think back, it’s really unimaginable that, say, Jimmy Carter – he would no more dream of locking me up or targeting me than either of the Bushes would dream of doing the same to Michael Moore, or even Rosie O’Donnell. But there’s a new turn that’s come in American politics, and Trump is, I think, very well aware of it. In some ways he’s the product of it.”