President Trump took it upon himself Thursday morning to correct what some conservative personalities would consider to be a political hit from the previous administration.
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” Trump tweeted.
Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative filmmaker and immigrant, was convicted in 2014 of making an illegal campaign contribution. According to Fox News, D’Souza had donated $20,000 in 2012 to Wendy Long’s U.S. Senate campaign through the use surrogates, also known as a “straw donor.”
The $20,000 was not donated directly to Long’s campaign but was instead used to reimburse two of D’Souza’s associates to the tune of $10,000 each. After pleading guilty to the felony, D’Souza was fined $30,000 and sentenced to serve 8 months at a community confinement center and 5 years probation.
D’Souza and other conservative allies have long proposed that he was being unfairly targeted for his politics and films. He maintains that he pled guilty under the threat that additional charges would have been added that carried a potential prison term of at least 5 years.
That same year that D’Souza made the campaign contributions, he had also filmed and released “2016: Obama’s America,” a less than favorable documentary about then-President Barack Obama.
D’Souza believes that he was targeted because of his expose.
Do you think President Trump was right in pardoning D’Souza?
In related news, President Trump is considering additional pardons.