Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Here’s Why Dinesh D’Souza Needed a Pardon

Here’s Why Dinesh D’Souza Needed a Pardon

Trump announced on Twitter his decision to pardon pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to USA campaign finance law violations and was an outspoken critic of Democratic former President Barack Obama, saying he had been "treated very unfairly by our government!" Trump also told reporters that what Blagojevich said, while "stupid", was something "many other politicians say".

Trump also spoke of Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of obstruction of justice for lying about why she sold stock before its value plummeted.

"Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today", Trump tweeted.

D'Souza had claimed selective prosecution before pleading guilty.

D'Souza in 2012 released an anti-Obama film, "2016: Obama's America", based on his 2010 book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage".

Trump said he only knew D'Souza from TV and reading his works.

D'Souza, who came to the U.S. as a student from Mumbai and went on to work in the Reagan White House, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2012 by using "straw donors" to contribute more money than allowed to the campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican who was running for the NY state Senate. And yet D'Souza is such a contemptible, easily mocked human being that it's hard not to laugh at the constant and well-deserved dunkings that he's always on the wrong end of. Kirsten Gillibrand. He was sentenced to five years probation, including eight months in a "community confinement center".

D'Souza told Fox News that Trump called him on Wednesday to tell him he would be pardoned.

It all started with Mr. Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, who in a tweet was highly critical of the presidential pardon to Mr. D'Souza. Blagojevich was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in 2010. A pardon wipes the slate clean for someone convicted of a crime, but a commutation only lets someone out of a prison sooner, said Robert Spitzer, former president of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association. They said D'Souza was "exploiting the fact that he happens to be an outspoken critic of President Obama in a baseless attempt to avoid criminal prosecution".

President Donald Trump is lining up another controversial presidential pardon.

Flynn is one of three former Trump campaign associates to reach a plea agreement and cooperate with Mueller's investigation, while Manafort is presently fighting charges against him. Speaking to reporters on a flight to Houston, he said he was also weighing a possible pardon for a woman serving a federal prison sentence over a drug-related charge after reality television star Kim Kardashian discussed the case with him yesterday.

Trump also pardoned Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, whose case had been brought to his attention by actor Sylvester Stallone. "Hope", she said in a written statement. Conservative Republicans had sought a pardon for Libby for years.

That pardon, especially, was seen as a sign that Trump might be willing to pardon former aides caught up in the Mueller inquiry. "The framers introduced the separation of powers that we have in our Constitution and they designed the pardon power as a check on the legislative and judicial authorities".

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