Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Will give full pardon to Dinesh D'sourza, says Trump

Will give full pardon to Dinesh D'sourza, says Trump

D'Souza is 57 years old, married to Deborah Fancher and has one child.

Trump fired Bharara, appointed by President Barack Obama, after he refused to resign previous year. A pardon would relieve D'Souza of any remaining punishments stemming from his conviction, and would restore certain rights, such as his right to vote.

D'Souza's dire predictions (obviously) turned out to be prophecies - but there was one terrifying aspect of Obama's second term that even he failed to anticipate: that he would personally become one of the anti-colonialist-in-chief's victims.

D'Souza was indicted in 2014 for violations of campaign finance laws.

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano said the reason Trump "correctly" said D'Souza was treated "unfairly" is that "historically this has not been treated as a criminal prosecution".

He pleaded guilty to giving $20,000 to NY politician Wendy Long and was sentenced to five years probation, eight months in a halfway house and paid a $30,000 fine.

Trump pardoned Libby in April.

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James Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director past year and has repeatedly attacked, was the lead federal prosecutor in Stewart's case and played a role in the prosecution of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

President Trump announced an out-of-the-blue pardon Thursday of a controversial conservative pundit.

Authorities said that he encouraged individuals to donate $20,000 to an unnamed political candidate - later revealed to be the New York Republican Wendy Long, who was challenging Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand for her Senate seat - which exceeded the federal campaign donation cap of $5,000. "In light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr. D'Souza is fully worthy of this pardon", the statement said.

D'Souza did argue he was being persecuted rather than prosecuted.

For comparison, at the same point in their presidencies, "former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had not issued any pardons", Rascoe writes. The career prosecutors and agents did their job.

Former Justice Department Spokesperson Matt Miller called the move a "naked abuse of the pardon power". Most pardons are merciful.

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