Trump Announces Surprise Pardon for Dinesh D'Souza

Trump Announces Surprise Pardon for Dinesh D'Souza

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday he will pardon conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to illegally funneling campaign funds to the 2012 Republican challenger to Sen.

Trump tweeted his announcement about D'Souza as he left Washington Thursday for political events in Texas: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today".

He said Trump told him that he had been looking at his case and said he "knew from the beginning that it was fishy".

D'Souza said that during a dinner about a month ago, Cruz said he would push for a pardon in conversations with Trump.

Blagojevich was charged with attempting to "sell" the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he became president. Trump also told reporters that what Blagojevich said, while "stupid", was something "many other politicians say".

D'Souza made the movie "2016: Obama's America" in 2012 and followed it up with "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party".

Blagojevich was facing charges when he was on Trump's reality TV show, "Celebrity Apprentice", in 2010.

Both, interestingly, have connections to Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice.

Mumbai-born Mr. D'Souza, 57, is author of several New York Times bestsellers. He is also a former commentator on NPR. "Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views".

A judge rejected that defense, calling it "all hat, no cattle". "I am very proud of the work we did with Mark Burnett Productions and Mr. Trump, who was an executive producer, on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart".

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But prosecutors said the charges were nonpolitical and arose out of the FBI's "routine review" of campaign filings. "That is what we did in this case and what we will continue to do".

It's a transparently political move that ignores the fact that D'Souza admitted in court that he knew he was breaking the law, and lets prominent Trump supporters know that they can flagrantly commit crimes and expect a pardon down the line.

D'Souza said his prosecution was politically motivated, in part because he had made a film highly critical of President Obama. Kirsten Gillibrand. He was sentenced to five years probation, including eight months in a "community confinement center".

An art lover posted the infamous photo previous year of Stewart flipping off Trump - and flashing a peace sign to an adjacent poster of Snoop Dogg - on Instagram, writing that he '[w] as taking a picture of these Trump and Snoop Dogg pieces.and Martha Stewart walks into the frame'.

In addition to the five people pardoned, Trump has granted one commutation since taking office.

"First it was Sheriff Joe Arpaio", Underwood wrote.

Trump is moving to grant pardons much more quickly than his most recent predecessors.

"The president is sending a blazing signal to his surrogates and associates that they will be rewarded if they stay loyal", said Lisa Gilbert, head of legislative affairs for the open government group Public Citizen. "The framers introduced the separation of powers that we have in our Constitution and they designed the pardon power as a check on the legislative and judicial authorities".

Watch above, via Fox News.

Whatever Trump's motivations are, commuting Blagojevich's sentence would be no travesty of justice at this point.

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