Donald Trump To Pardon Dinesh D’Souza, Campaign Finance Lawbreaker

Donald Trump To Pardon Dinesh D’Souza, Campaign Finance Lawbreaker

Donald Trump To Pardon Dinesh D’Souza, Campaign Finance Lawbreaker

Trump a year ago pardoned former Phoenix-area sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling him a patriot who was unfairly treated by the Obama administration.

White House spokesman Raj Shah denied that this pardon was an effort by Trump to send a message to political allies wrapped up in the Russian Federation investigation.

D'Souza told Fox News that Trump called him on Wednesday to tell him he would be pardoned. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!" the president declared on Twitter.

James Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director a year ago and has repeatedly attacked, was the lead federal prosecutor in Stewart's case and played a role in the prosecution of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Word on the street is that he is also considering pardons of Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

After D'Souza's pardon, some constitutional scholars, legal analysts and Democratic lawmakers accused Trump of undermining the rule of law with pardons based on political considerations. He has also granted one commutation of sentence.

The commentator's appearances at colleges have also stoked controversy.

D'Souza waited until "the last possible moment" before trial to admit guilt, the government said, then went on television shows and the internet to say he was "selectively" targeted for prosecution. In the piece, he referred to Obama's father as a "philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions".

A judge rejected that defense, calling it "all hat, no cattle". The prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan, was an Obama appointee.

"Nonetheless, he's accepted responsibility and the president thinks it's appropriate that he receive a pardon after community service, paying a fine and doing other things that the judge has required", Shah said. "That is what we did in this case and what we will continue to do".

D'Souza, who has a reputation for racially-tinged commentary, pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating campaign finance laws for reimbursing friends who made donations to New York Senate candidate Wendy Long who was challenging Sen.

In 2014, he was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution of $20,000 to a politician based in NY.

In addition to the five people pardoned, Trump has granted one commutation since taking office, NPR's Rascoe has reported.

"First it was Sheriff Joe Arpaio", Underwood wrote.

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