President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would issue a full pardon to National Review columnist Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of making illegal campaign contributions — a felony — back in 2014.
D’Souza is most well known for his political documentaries, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, and 2016 Obama’s America. Both films were widely distributed political movies which were released during the 2012 and 2016 election seasons. He is considered the right’s answer to Michael Moore. He has alo written many scathing books about liberalism, socialism and the Democratis party. Many consider his conviction to be a political “assassination’ done by attorneys friendly with the Obama administration.
“Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process,” said then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction.”
In May 2014, D’Souza pleaded guilty to one felony count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. In September 2014, the court sentenced D’Souza to five years probation, eight months in a halfway house (referred to as a “community confinement center”) and a $30,000 fine.
In a tweet, Trump said that D’Souza had been treated “unfairly” over the issue. “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” the president said. Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!”, Trump said on Twitter Thursday morning.
Trump also reveaeld on Twitter that he is considering pardoning Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Stewart, who founded a lifestyle and home merchandising company and had a famous TV show, was convicted in 2004 on charges related to insider stock trading. She served 5 months in prison in 2015.
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in 2009 on corruption charges related to his solicitation of bribes in an attempt to “sell” Barack Obama’s open Senate seat. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and is serving his term at the low-security Federal Correctional Institute in Englewood, Colorado, Middle Town Press Reported.
“There was a lot of bravado … plenty of other politicians have said a lot worse. And it doesn’t, he shouldn’t have been put in jail. And he’s a Democrat. He’s not my party. But I thought that he was treated unfairly”, Trump told the press when discussing the possible pardoning of Blagojevich.