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Trump Announces Surprise Pardon for Dinesh D'Souza

Trump Announces Surprise Pardon for Dinesh D'Souza”

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will pardon Dinesh D'Souza, a right-wing commentator, author and filmmaker was was convicted in 2014 of using a "straw donor" to make an illegal campaign contribution.

The reason for the pardon, which the President squeezed into his tweet, is that D'Souza was "unfairly treated by our government". "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"

D'Souza was indicted on charges that he illegally used straw donors to contribute to a Republican Senate candidate in NY in 2012. Trump said on Twitter.

Though D'Souza fully admitted to knowingly violating the law, he lashed out at prosecutors at the time, arguing he was being singled out because of his conservative beliefs.

"Dinesh D'Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, wilfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process", Bharara wrote.

D'Souza has a long history of inflammatory remarks.

"The defendant's claim of selective prosecution, legally speaking, is all hat, no cattle", he said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised the pardon.

D'Souza is the latest figure to get a reprieve from the president, who a year ago pardoned former Phoenix-area sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling him a patriot who was unfairly treated by the Obama administration. That vote will be on August 28.



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