In 2014, Dinesh D’Souza made an illegal campaign contribution to a friend who was running for office. The penalty for this is normally a slap on the wrist in the form of a fine. Yet, D’Souza was aggressively prosecuted by the Obama regime and even received time in a halfway house.
Now, Trump is pardoning him.
Trump will pardon conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of campaign finance violation
President Donald Trump said Thursday he plans to issue a pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent conservative commentator and filmmaker who was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution.
Trump said he will pardon D’Souza on Thursday, adding D’Souza “was treated very unfairly by our government!”
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
D’Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to reimbursing two of his associates after directing them to contribute $10,000 each to the failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long in New York. He also admitted that he knew what he was doing violated the law.
At the time D’Souza made his contributions, the Federal Election Campaign Act prohibited individual citizens from donating more than $5,000 to a single candidate.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the pardon in a statement.
“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,” Sanders said. “In light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr. D’Souza is fully worthy of this pardon.”
This was the right thing to do.