Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative writer, producer, and filmmaker who was found guilty of breaking several laws regarding campaign finances has been pardoned by the President.
After Dinesh D’Souza was found guilty of making an illegal contribution to a politician from New York totaling to $20,000, D’Souza was arrested and sentenced after admitting guilt to the charges made against him.
President Donald Trump has decided to pardon D’Souza’s sentencing of being placed under probation for 5 years, speaking about how he was treated poorly and even took to Twitter saying “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government,” as BBC reports. The President also mentioned others he wants to pardon, including Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich.
Sarah Sanders, a spokeswoman for the White House said that in a statement made “Mr D’Souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and also completed community service by teaching English to citizens and immigrants seeking citizenship,”
According to BBC, Sarah Sanders went on to speak about how D’Souza had fully earned his pardon. President Trump told reporters that he had called D’Souza and told him the news himself and said that”he almost had a heart attack” after finding out.
D’Souza was accused by former President Obama of “anti-colonialism” during a Forbes cover story. At this point, D’Souza makes this President Donald Trump’s fifth pardon, among those receiving full pardons being Scooter Libby and Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s Sheriff who is also now making a run for Senate.
D’Souza uploaded a post to Twitter during the Presidential elections of 2016, saying: “I’m not endorsing anyone, but i do relish the frustration & befuddlement of the GOP establishments as Trump wins one more time.” Alice Marie Johnson is also another full-pardon candidate President Trump mentioned, a grandmother who received a life sentence after being convicted of a first-time offense to possession of drugs.