WASHINGTON – President Trump said on Thursday that he planned to issue a pardon to Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative author, commentator and filmmaker, and what he has to say about Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, a Democrat.
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The pardon for Mr. D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to make illegal campaign contributions, represents a victory for one of the president's most vocal bases of support, the conservative media. Mr. D'Souza has argued that he was singled out for prosecution because of his conservative politics.
Mr. Trump said Mr. D'Souza was in a Twitter post.
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Both Mr. D'Souza and Mr. Trump are prolific Twitter posters, though Mr. D'Souza has a small fraction of the president's followers. Mr. D'Souza has promoted conspiracy theories and regularly posts about what he calls "fake news." So he supports Mr. Trump's unproven claim that the F.B.I. planted a spy inside the Trump campaign.
Mr. D'Souza turned to Twitter on Thursday to thank the president and his supporters for the pardon. He repeated his contention that the prosecution was politically driven, criticizing Mr. Obama and his administration.
Mr. Mr Souza's wife, Debbie D'Souza, thanked Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, for pushing Mr Trump for the pardon.
Mr. Cruz so tweeted his praise and said Mr. D'Souza what "the subject of a political prosecution."
Mr. D'Souza, who once accused former President Barack Obama of executing the "anticolonial" agenda of his Kenyan father, entered a guilty plea in 2014 to avoid two years of prison time. A judge in the Federal District Court in Manhattan sentenced Mr. D'Souza to five years of probation, including eight months in a supervised "community confinement center."
Republican Senate candidate in New York, Wendy E. Long. Ms. Long was a classmate from Dartmouth College, where she worked on the staff of The Dartmouth Review, a conservative campus newspaper.
She was running against Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat. Prosecutors said that Mr. D'Souza's song to Ms. Long's about the donations.
Mr. Trump has praised Mr. D'Souza's political commentary, and in 2012 he encouraged people to see Mr. D'Souza's documentary "2016: Obama's America," calling it "Amazing film!" Mr. D ' Souza has just come out of his website.
Mr. D'Souza was not eligible to apply for a job in the Justice Department, which requires a five-year waiting period from the date of conviction to apply.
"Donald Trump has sent a message to his friends and cronies that he will give you his back," said David Donnelly, president of the watchdog group Every Voice. "Contribution limits are a key against corruption in politics, and pardoning the man who knowingly violates them is in direct conflict with his pledge to drain the swamp in Washington."
Mr. Trump has also issued pardons for the boxing legend Jack Johnson; I. Lewis Libby, Jr., a former aide to Dick Cheney; and Kristian Saucier, a former Navy sailor.