A conservative filmmaker who pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to a US Senate race in New York was pardoned by President Trump Thursday. The pardon came during a flight to Texas when Trump explained his reasoning behind the move. "I've always felt he was very unfairly treated. And a lot of people did, a lot of people did. What should have been a quick minor fine, like everybody else with the election stuff," Trump said. "What they did to him was horrible."
A statement from the White House said D'Souza was the victim of "selective prosecution" in the president's eyes. "Mr. D’Souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and also completed community service by teaching English to citizens and immigrants seeking citizenship," the statement said. D'Souza was very grateful for the pardon and thanked the president in an interview with Yahoo News. "
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"Obama and his stooges tried to destroy my American dream and faith in America," D'Souza said. "Trump has fully restored both. I’m very grateful." The filmmaker was convicted in 2014 of using "straw donors" to donate $20,000 to Wendy Long’s 2012 campaign. Trump's point is more about how D'Souza was targeted while other's, Rosie O'Donnell, for example, get a free pass.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">KARMA IS A BITCH DEPT: <a href="https://twitter.com/PreetBharara?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PreetBharara</a> wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career. Then he got fired & I got pardoned</p>— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) <a href="https://twitter.com/DineshDSouza/status/1002229961586077698?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 31, 2018</a></blockquote>
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D'Souza took to Twitter to gloat a bit about his new lease on life. "KARMA IS A BITCH DEPT: @PreetBharara wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career. Then he got fired & I got pardoned." Bharara is the former prosecutor who charged D'Souza and was appointed by President Barack Obama. He was fired when he refused requests to resign from the Trump administration.
Bharara countered by saying, "The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D’Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness. The career prosecutors and agents did their job. Period."
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