Trump Pardons Dinesh D'Souza, Who Pleaded Guilty To Campaign Finance Fraud

Trump Pardons Dinesh D'Souza, Who Pleaded Guilty To Campaign Finance Fraud

Trump Pardons Dinesh D'Souza, Who Pleaded Guilty To Campaign Finance Fraud

Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza said Friday that when President Trump called him this week to relay that he was pardoning him, Trump told him that he was "a great voice for freedom" and wanted him to "be a bigger voice than ever".

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"This kind of legal bludgeoning tactic is used not only against the guilty, but against the innocent", he said, explaining that the pardon will give him back his right to vote.

D'Souza had pleaded guilty in federal court for using a straw donor to making illegal campaign contribution a 2012 Senate campaign.

Trump has granted five pardons since taking office including one to Joe Arpaio, a Trump supporter who was convicted of contempt of court for racially profiling Hispanics while serving as a sheriff in Arizona.

Patti Blagojevich, the former governor's wife, said she and the couple's two children were "very encouraged" by Trump's comments.

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Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said the twist obviously has propaganda dimension. He spoke about leaving the country previous year because of repeated threats against himself and his family.

Patrick Fitzgerald, who is now a member of Comey's legal team, served as a United States attorney when Blagojevich was arrested in 2008 and said at the time that the then-governor had engaged in "what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree".

D'Souza pleaded guilty. He "admitted that he knew that what he was doing was wrong and something the law forbids", the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said in a statement. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job". "The framers introduced the separation of powers that we have in our Constitution and they designed the pardon power as a check on the legislative and judicial authorities". In 2012 his movie "2016: Obama's America's" which was based on his anti-Obama book became the second-highest-grossing political documentary film produced in the U.S.

D'Souza is a former policy analyst under President Ronald Reagan and a prolific author well-known for works critical of Obama. Four years later, he put out Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, which heavily criticized Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as a whole.

More recently he made headlines when he criticised survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in February that left 17 people dead. "Then he got fired & I got pardoned", D'Souza wrote.

His tweets about the Parkland students have been sharply criticized by some Florida Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott. "Mr. D'Souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and also completed community service by teaching English to citizens and immigrants seeking citizenship". Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, has not yet decided whether he will attend.

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