Trump to Pardon Conservative Filmmaker D’Souza

trump to pardon conservative filmmaker dsouza
Trump to Pardon Conservative Filmmaker DSouza

President Donald Trump announced on social media Thursday that he plans on pardoning Dinesh D’Souza who was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution.

D’Souza is a prominent conservative filmmaker who was convicted on the illegal campaign contributions in 2014. But his supporters, some of who launched a petition, argue the prosecution was politically motivated. Trump could soon give his supporters a huge win with his pardon.

“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today,” Trump said in a tweet. “He was treated very unfairly by our government!”

D’Souza has produced and released controversial political films since 2014 criticalwith most criticizing former President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee for the 2016 election Hillary Clinton. He has also appeared regularly as a political commentator and has written more than a dozen books. He pleaded guilty to illegal contributions on May 20, 2014.

“Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, wilfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, an Obama appointee, said at the time. “Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction.”

D’Souza directed individuals he was associated with to make contributions to Wendy Long’s Senate campaign in August 2012. He promised that he would reimburse them for the contributions in the amount of $20,000. The Election Act, however, had already limited campaign contributions to $5,000 from any individual to a candidate in 2012.

D’Souza was sentenced to 8 months’ overnight confinement, a large fine, mandatory psychological counseling and five years of probation and community service. His supporters who allege his prosecution was politically motivated argue that no American has ever been prosecuted for the same crime that didn’t involve some kind of quid pro quo.

Connor D. Wolf covers Congress and national politics and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.

(photo credit, article images: Dinesh D’Souza, CC BY-SA 2.0, by Gage Skidmore)

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