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: