President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will pardon conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of breaking campaign finance laws in 2014.
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” President Trump tweeted:
Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
In 2014, D’Souza pleaded guilty after reimbursing two straw donors who contributed to Wendy Long’s 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York who was fired by President Trump, released a statement of the conviction.
“Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, wilfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process,” Bharara wrote.
“Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) welcomed the news, tweeting “Bravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left—which is why they hate him.”
“This is Justice,” Cruz declared:
Bravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left—which is why they hate him. This is Justice. https://t.co/cGHzcgwSnK
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 31, 2018
An official petition for the White House to pardon D’Souza was launched April 14 and garnered 12,145 signatures:
We have an official petition to @WhiteHouse requesting that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump pardon @DineshDSouza. It's time! Please sign, RT & make it go viral. We need 100K signatures in 30 days. #PardonDinesh
Pardon Dinesh D'Souzahttps://t.co/H7LIRi7udY
— Saltwater❤️🅿️atricia 🧜🏽♀️ 🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@TrumpGirlStrong) April 14, 2018
The conservative pundit’s pardon is the fifth of Donald Trump’s presidency.
While the Left will have the American people believe that President Trump’s pardon was not deserving, Dinesh D’Souza has had a 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D’Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the president of The King’s College in New York City from 2010 to 2012.