President to pardon conservative commentator D'Souza

President to pardon conservative commentator D'Souza

President to pardon conservative commentator D'Souza

"He's worked this process through the White House counsel and felt that it was appropriate to pardon Dinesh D'Souza", Shah said.

D'Souza is a former policy analyst under President Ronald Reagan and a prolific author well known for works critical of former President Barack Obama.

Trump's decision to pardon D'Souza was viewed largely as a signal to longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who now faces an investigation into possible campaign finance violations, among other crimes.

On Thursday morning, after Trump announced the pardon, Republican Sen.

The acting NY A.G. told reporters that there is now an urgency to "close New York's double jeopardy loophole and ensure that anyone who evades federal justice by virtue of a politically expedient pardon can be held accountable". "He was treated very unfairly by our government!" the president declared on Twitter.

President Trump hugs Jordan McLinn, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, after signing the "Right to Try" act Wednesday. Word on the street is that he is also considering pardons of Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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He was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a "community confinement centre" and a $30,000 fine.

The commentator's appearances at colleges have also stoked controversy. The White House deputy press secretary, Raj Shah, told CNN that D'Souza was "an individual who has made restitution and accepted responsibility for his actions", and that "many believe he was subject of selective prosecution". "Can you image the reaction if the Bush administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?".

A judge rejected that defense, calling it "all hat, no cattle". Former U.S. Attorney at the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara also denied political motivation. The President is handing these things out like political party favors. "That is what we did in this case and what we will continue to do".

The filmmaker, author and speaker was sentenced in September 2014 in federal court in NY to five years of probation after he admitted making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in NY.

Filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza speaks at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 31, 2014, in New Orleans.

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