Trump Announces Surprise Pardon for Dinesh D'Souza

Trump Announces Surprise Pardon for Dinesh D'Souza

"He was treated very unfairly by our government!" the president tweeted.

He was charged with illegally organizing $10,000 campaign donations from two people for Wendy Long's 2012 Senate bid, which she lost.

Though D'Souza fully admitted to knowingly violating the law, he lashed out at prosecutors at the time, arguing he was being singled out because of his conservative beliefs. He has also granted one commutation of sentence. He had been sharply critical of Barack Obama, whose administration prosecuted him. Then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who prosecuted the case, emphatically denied any political motivation.

"As our office's record reflects, we will investigate and prosecute violations of federal law, particularly those that undermine the integrity of the democratic electoral process, without regard to the defendant's political persuasion or party affiliation", he said in 2014.

It's no surprise that Trump would take a shine to D'Souza, a vitriolic Obama hater who has cozied up to 45's White House before.

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Mostafa Moslehzadeh, reportedly received instructions from senior officials to conduct the negotiations with Israel in Amman. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also expected to meet with European leaders to discuss Iran next week.

D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 over donating $20,000 to NY politician Wendy Long.

Before pleading guilty, D'Souza claimed he was targeted for federal prosecution because of his anti-Obama views.

D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $30,000.

Trump has also issued controversial pardons to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Apaio, who defied a court order to stop detaining people suspected to have immigrated illegally to the USA, and to Scooter Libby, who was convicted of leaking a Central Intelligence Agency officer's identity.

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