Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Pardons Dinesh D’Souza, in Triumph for Social Justice

Trump Pardons Dinesh D’Souza, in Triumph for Social Justice

Though he was spared prison time, D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation and a $30,000 fine. Then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who prosecuted the case, emphatically denied any political motivation.

By pardoning Dinesh D'Souza, President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon.

Mr. D'Souza has frequently been criticized for making incendiary or conspiracy-promoting remarks, including his suggestion in August that a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., had been staged, and his incorrect claim in October that Hitler was not anti-gay.

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". He was indicted earlier that year on charges that he illegally used straw donors to contribute to Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long in NY in 2012.

On Thursday morning, after Trump announced the pardon, Republican Sen.

Kim Kardashian West arrived at the White House Wednesday with an improbable mission: Convince the "law and order" president to use his clemency powers to bestow mercy on those who have been wronged by our nation's criminal justice system.

In 2014, when he was charged with violating federal election campaign laws, D'Souza alleged that he was the victim of selective prosecution, targeted for his conservative beliefs.

"President Trump told me he felt I had been treated very unfairly and he felt that I was an important voice for America", D'Souza said.

The Republican pundit and provocateur pleaded guilty to attempting to donate $20,000 to a Senate campaign through straw donors by offering to reimburse associates who sent in the money. "In light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr. D'Souza is fully worthy of this pardon", the statement said.

The call for reforming New York's double jeopardy law comes as federal and state prosecutors are investigating Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. "Issuing pardons used to be a more common practice".

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