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Trump Announces Plan To Pardon Conservative Commentator Dinesh D’Souza

President Trump announced on Thursday that he will pardon Dinesh D’Souza, an outspoken conservative writer and filmmaker convicted of illegally contributing to a Republican’s Senate campaign

Trump said D’Souza “was treated very unfairly by our government!” and that he’ll issue a pardon on Thursday.

In 2014, D’Souza pleaded guilty to reimbursing two associates who had contributed $10,000 each to the 2012 Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). D’Souza, 57, was sentenced to five years probation and eight months living in a “community confinement center.” He was also fined $30,000.

“Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process,” said then-U.S. attorney Preet Bharara has he announced the conviction. “Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction.”

Trump fired Bharara after he took office in 2017.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised Trump’s pardon on Twitter:

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