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Trump offers pardon to conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza for campaign finance violations




Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D'Souza, exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New York in May 201
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President Trump announced Thursday that he would offer a full pardon to conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating federal campaign finance.

D'Souza, an author and filmmaker, which indicted on charges that he illegally Used straw donors to contribute to a Republican Senate candidate in New York in 2012. He was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision at a "community confinement center" in San Diego, and a $ 30,000 fine.

Prosecutors said D 'Souza had other people donate money to Republican Wendy Long, a Republican challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2012, under the agreement that he would reimburse them for the donations.

Last year, D'Souza claimed he was targeted by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office was promulgated by then-President Barack Obama and a prominently-conservative activist.

In 2012, D'Souza released a movie titled "2016: Obama's America," which Obama's allegedly radical roots.

"Will be giving a full pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today," Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"

The pardon would be the latest instance of Trump deviating from the normal pardon process.

Generally, those seeking pardons must wait five years from the date they are approved, and they must apply to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Justice does not have an application on file, Justice Department spokeswoman said.

In the wake of his sentencing, D'Souza continued to criticize Obama, often in provocative ways.

"YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO … Watch this vulgar man show his stuff , while America cowers in embarrassment, "D'Souza wrote.

Trump's announcement about D'Souza came to the door and socialite, Kim Kardashian West, visited the White House to lobby Trump and his staff to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, 63, a grandmother serving nonviolent drug offenses.

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D'Souza wants to be the latest

Others receiving pardons were Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff, who was arrested in a criminal court for a court order related to the detention of immigrants suspected of ng in the country illegally; Kristian Saucier, former Navy sailor convicted of unauthorized retention of national defense information; Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Former Chief of Staff, Vice President, Richard B. Cheney Who Was Convicted of Persecution and Obtaining CIA Officer's Identity;

Trump has also commuted the sentence to Sholom Rubashkin, who is the country's largest kosher meat-packing company, who was convicted of more than 80 counts of financial fraud.


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