President Trump just announced that he will pardon conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, 53, who was convicted of breaking campaign finance laws in 2014. “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” President Trump tweeted.
In 2014, D’Souza pleaded guilty to reimbursing two associates who had contributed $10,000 each to the 2012 Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). D’Souza, 53, was sentenced to five years probation and eight months living in a “community confinement center.” He was also fined $30,000. But the transgression should never have been a felony and many think it should not have been a crime at all.
Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
President Obama had a special hatred for D’Souza because he wrote books and made movies about Obama’s past. They were not flattering to say the least, but they were factual and insightful.
Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York who was fired by President Trump, released a statement of the conviction. “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. “Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction.” No… Bharara under the direction of Obama was literally out to get D’Souza and he did. Trump was right to fire the guy in my opinion. Notice how people like Obama and Clinton can wash millions of dollars of donations through various PACs and never have to answer for it? But someone unfamiliar with campaign law missteps and if he’s conservative, it’s off to jail you go.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) welcomed the news, tweeting: “Bravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left—which is why they hate him. This is Justice.” And Cruz is once again absolutely correct. Trump should be commended for this move. It was the right and just thing to do. It’s undoing a massive injustice that a vindictive sitting president imposed on someone he didn’t like. D’Souza and his associates have long argued that he was unfairly targeted by the Obama administration after he made a popular documentary in 2012 called “2016: Obama’s America,” which was critical of the former president.
Campaign donations are under strict restrictions and the use of “straw donors” constitutes campaign finance fraud under U.S. law, which states that “no person shall make a contribution in the name of another person or knowingly permit his name to be used to effect such a contribution, and no person shall knowingly accept a contribution made by one person in the name of another person.” But the left virtually ignores the law and uses it as a trap for conservatives. Case in point.
There were a number of non-conservatives that wondered why the Department of Justice prosecuted the case as a criminal rather than civil matter, especially at the level of a felony. Alan Dershowitz said at the time that the case “smacks of selective prosecution,” even though Dershowitz pronounced himself a big fan of prosecutor Preet Bharara.
An official petition for the White House to pardon Dinesh D’Souza was launched April 14 and garnered 12,145 signatures. This will be the fifth pardon for President Trump. And rumor has it there are more on the way. On the table is a pardon for Martha Stewart and commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentence. I’m all for Stewart getting a pardon. I thought she was railroaded from the start. But Blago? The guy is the poster boy for corruption. Even so, Trump must have his reasons. Some say this action indicates that Trump has decided that he is going to pardon Mike Flynn and some other people who have pleaded guilty in Mueller’s probe. We’ll see.
“Mr. D’Souza was, in the President’s opinion, a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws. Mr. D’Souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and also completed community service by teaching English to citizens and immigrants seeking citizenship,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, adding “in light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr. D’Souza is fully worthy of this pardon.”
Trump also told reporters “I called him last night first time I’ve ever spoken to him I said I’m pardoning you. Nobody asked me to do it,” adding “what should have been a quick minor fine, like everybody else with the election stuff….what they did to him was horrible.” He added that “a lot of people” felt he should have been pardoned.
Of course, the liberal blue check crowd on Twitter is having a meltdown over all this. They are furious and full of self-determined righteous indignation. Liberals are calling Trump corrupt and a bunch of other names I won’t repeat. It’s standard these days. Want a taste? Look no further than Mediaite who just said this, “But if you kiss Trump’s a** vociferously enough, you might just snag a pardon. Just ask concentration camp warden Joe Arpaio.” Just wow. Unhinged much?
“The Obama administration tried to shut me up,” D’Souza said in his 2016 film, “Hillary’s America.” “If you make a film criticizing the most powerful man in the world, expect the empire to strike back.” Dinesh D’Souza thanked Trump on Twitter for his pardon, writing: “Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America. Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both.”
Bravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left—which is why they hate him. This is Justice. https://t.co/cGHzcgwSnK
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 31, 2018
We have an official petition to @WhiteHouse requesting that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump pardon @DineshDSouza. It's time! Please sign, RT & make it go viral. We need 100K signatures in 30 days. #PardonDinesh
Pardon Dinesh D'Souzahttps://t.co/H7LIRi7udY
— Saltwater?❤️?️atricia ???? (@TrumpGirlStrong) April 14, 2018
SOURCES: The Daily Wire, Breitbart, RedState, Independent Journal Review, Hot Air, Mediaite, Politico, Western Journal, The Washington Free Beacon, The Daily Caller, The Hill, The Right Scoop, Twitchy
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