President Donald Trump made a big announcement on Thursday announcing another significant pardon. He said he would be giving a full pardon to conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution in 2014.
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!”
From Daily Caller:
D’Souza plead guilty in 2014 for making illegal campaign donations to Republican candidate Wendy Long. D’Souza allegedly arranged donations to Long via friends and acquaintances in the form of straw donations.
“At most, this was an act of misguided friendship,” D’Souza’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman told reporters at the time.
The candidate was a friend of D’Souza’s from college. The main problem was doing it through straw donation.
While there was no question that he did it, the question was why he was prosecuted when many others who had done similar action hadn’t been prosecuted or with such severity as D’Souza.
D’Souza, a long time critic, felt he was prosecuted because of his criticism of Obama.
From Fox News:
The conservative filmmaker in 2012 made a hit anti-Obama documentary called “2016: Obama’s America.” The film examined then-President Obama’s past and early influences that may have shaped his political ideology.
D’Souza’s 2014 indictment was announced by then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was appointed by Obama, and fired in 2017 by Trump.
He was sentenced to eight months living under supervision, five years probation. He was also given a thirty thousand dollar fine.
Since then he’s come out with the film “Hillary’s America” and will be out with another film before the midterms in November.
The left is having a meltdown over his pardon, saying, “But he was guilty! How can Trump pardon him!”
They don’t seem to understand the concept of pardon.
Obama pardoned drug dealers and commuted the sentence of a terrorist.
It’s curious they didn’t have this ardor or upset when Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a leader of the FALN, a Communist terrorist group, which bombed and killed Americans. And many liberals actually argued for his release, like Melissa Mark Viverito, the NYC Council Speaker who marched with him in a parade after his release.
Ted Cruz, though, weighed in: