Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump to pardon pundit D'Souza for breaking campaign laws

Trump to pardon pundit D'Souza for breaking campaign laws

Trump tweeted Thursday: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!" the president tweeted Thursday morning.

Trump's pardon of D'Souza, who codirected the 2016 political documentary Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, comes out of the blue. Trump also pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in August, who was convicted of criminal contempt after he refused a court order to stop racially profiling Latino people.

Unfortunately, that "perceived wrong" did not pertain to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother now serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime and the reported subject of West's meeting with the president.

If you're old enough to remember, Dinesh D'Souza was once considered something of a conservative luminary.

"I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids", D'Souza said at the May 2014 hearing.

He urged friends to donate to the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of personal friend Wendy Long, and then reimbursed them, circumventing campaign finance law.

Conservative commentator and best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in NY. One Breitbart News story from 2015 compared his sentencing - he spent eight months in a halfway house and was required to attend counseling in lieu of jail - to Maoism.

Trump is handing out pardons to convicted GOPers like candy. D'Souza said as much as recently as 2017.

For comparison, at the same point in their presidencies, "former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had not issued any pardons", Rascoe writes.

The call for reforming New York's double jeopardy law comes as federal and state prosecutors are investigating Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Earlier this month, The New York Post's Anna Sanders published allegations that Rosie O'Donnell had violated campaign finance law no fewer than five times, with donations much larger in size than D'Souza's.

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