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President Trump on Thursday pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’souza, who was sentenced in illegal campaign contribution in 2014.
“Today, President Donald J. Trump has an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full pardon) , Dinesh D’souza, a recognized author, lecturer, and scholar,” said a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “Mr. D’ Souza, the President is of the opinion that a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign-Finance laws. Mr. D’souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and service completed to the community by teaching English to the citizens, and immigrants seeking citizenship.”
A Full pardon Dinesh D’souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) may 31, 2018
She added: “In the light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr D’souza is fully worthy to forgive this.”
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted: “give a Full pardon Dinesh D’souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!”
D’souza told Fox News that he informed a call from the President on Wednesday him of the decision.
“I am thrilled and relieved and elated, and as immigrants in America, my American dream under something of a cloud, so I’m very relieved that the cloud lifted,” said D’souza told Fox News on Thursday.
D’souza said he and Trump talked for about 10 minutes, called it a “very good and very exciting.”
“President Trump told me that he felt that I was treated was very wrong, and he felt that I was an important voice for America,” said D’souza said. “He wanted to clean my record and follow continue to do what I do.”
The conservative film-maker had pleaded guilty, in the year of 2014 for the donation of $20,000 to a New York politician, Wendy Long, allegedly over the contribution limit, to give by other donors. He was sentenced to five years probation and eight months in a house on half-way, and paid a $30,000 fine.
In spite of his confession that D’souza and his allies have claimed for years that he was unfairly singled out for persecution and unfair treatment by the Obama administration.
D’souza in 2012, made a hit anti-Obama documentary “2016: Obama’s America”. The film explores have formed, then-President Obama’s past and early influences, his political ideology.
D ‘Souza’ s 2014 indictment was announced by the then U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, who was appointed by Obama and fired in 2017 from trump. The indictment stated that D’souza was charged with one count of illegally donating to a Senate campaign and a number of lead to false statements to authorities in connection with the contributions.
D’souza’s illegal campaign contribution was made in 2012 to the Long U.S. Senate campaign. D’souza pleaded guilty to making with the help of a “straw-donor” donation.
A straw donor is a person who illegally and the other person uses the finances to make a political contribution in their own name. Straw donor schemes are illegal under US law, which States that no person should knowingly permit their names to be used to the effect,” a contribution” and not a person “is knowingly contribution “to a person on behalf of any other person to accept the”.”
D’souza allegedly coordinated donations to Long’s campaign by friends and acquaintances. Long as you the Senate lost a bid against now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY
Fox News’ Judson Berger contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.