Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Trump says will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza

Trump says will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza

He began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012 and is scheduled for release in 2024.

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"I think Bharara's ambition was that he would prove that by getting a fellow Indian, he would endear himself to the Obama team", he said.

"We are all so grateful that the president is thinking of us in this way", she said. "He's given us something that has been hard to come by recently ... hope", Mrs. Blagojevich said in a statement. He resigned as president of King's College, a Manhattan Christian school, in 2012 amid reports he became engaged before divorcing his wife. That appeal turned in part on the length of Blagojevich's prison term.

On Twitter on Thursday, Trump said D'Souza was "treated very unfairly by our government". "What they did to him was disgusting".

D'Souza, 53, admitted in May 2014 that he illegally reimbursed two "straw donors" who donated $US10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 US Senate campaign in NY of Wendy Long, a Republican.

He said that he spoke to D'Souza for three minutes on Wednesday night to tell him about the pardon and "he nearly had a heart attack".

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"Trump's action sends yet another unsafe signal that he will abuse his power to protect those who would subvert the rule of law, including the laws that protect the integrity of our democracy from corruption", Flynn said. D'Souza reimbursed the donors, which put him in violation of federal law that prohibits making donations in someone else's name.

Trump on Thursday also talked about the other people he might pardon. Beneficiaries include controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt of a court, and Scooter Lobby, a George W Bush White House staffer convicted in 2007 of leaking the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer.

In his first 17 months in office, Trump has granted three pardons, one commutation and one posthumous pardon, according to data from the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the agency that reviews clemency applications and makes recommendations to the White House.

Trump has been particularly drawn to cases where he believes there was a political motivation to the prosecutions - a situation that may remind him of his own predicament at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, which he insists is nothing but a "witch hunt". He was sentenced to 27 years in prison for bank fraud, a sentence the White House said was too harsh compared to typical sentences for similar offenses.

D'Souza, who made the documentary 2016: Obama's America, entered the plea a week after the federal judge overseeing the case rejected his claim that he was selectively prosecuted. "Then he got fired & I got pardoned".

As we've written before, the president's pardon powers are virtually unlimited.

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