Donald Trump says he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza
U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he will issue a full pardon to conservative commentator Dinesh DâSouza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal political contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign.
âWill be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh DâSouza today,â Trump said in a tweet. âHe was treated very unfairly by our government!â
Trump didnât elaborate on how the government had wronged DâSouza, who admitted that he had close associates contribute $10,000 to New York Republican Wendy Longâs campaign for the Senate. Federal law limits campaign contributions to $5,000 per individual in an election cycle. DâSouza was sentenced in Manhattan federal court in 2014 to five years of probation.
DâSouza, of San Diego, originally claimed that he was singled out for prosecution because of his views opposing former President Barack Obama. But he offer ed a more contrite statement when he entered his guilty plea.
âI knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids,â DâSouza said at the May 2014 hearing. âI deeply regret my conduct.â
A 1983 graduate of Dartmouth, DâSouza served as a policy analyst for the late President Ronald Reagan and as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He was president of The Kingâs College in New York City from 2010 to 2012, according to his website. In recent years, he has written books and produced films critical of Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas praised the pardon.
âBravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views,â Cruz said Thursday in a tweet. âAnd heâs a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Leftâ"which is why they hate him. This is Justice.â
DâSouza is the latest controversial right-wing figure to get a reprieve from the president.
Trump last year pardoned former Phoenix-area sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling him a patriot who was unfairly treated by the Obama administration.
The reprieve of Arpaio, who was convicted of federal misdemeanor criminal contempt after a judge found he had defied a court order to stop targeting Latinos with sweeps of suspected undocumented immigrants, renewed criticism of the presidentâs handling of racially charged issues.
While supporters argued Arpaioâs tactics were a successful deterrent to criminal behavior, detractors said the practices were racist and pointed to multiple instances of mistreatment that led to the death or injury of prisoners. Arpaio also drew attention for his support of Trumpâs effort to fal sely accuse Obama of not being born in the U.S.
Arpaio is now running in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona. That vote will held Aug. 28.Source: Google News