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Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud

Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud

President Trump has pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign contributions in other people's names.

In any case, they conclude, the message behind the pardons should worry us "more than Mr. Trump clearing the record of some noxious clown".

"The president said 'Dinesh, you've been a great voice for freedom". Trump's picks so far, however, appear to be for people he knows whose cases have not been investigated by the office, Morison said.

Still, experts say the signal about a potential pardon is meant to assuage former campaign aides, including Paul Manafort and Cohen, to remain loyal to the president.

Mueller in recent weeks has issued subpoenas to two of Stone's associates.

"Dinesh D'Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process", wrote Preet Bharara, at the time a U.S. attorney in Manhattan, describing D'Souza's alleged scheme to use straw donors to make contributions to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long in 2012.

Trump tweeted that D'Souza "was treated very unfairly by our government!"

D'Souza had plead guilty in 2014 to federal campaign finance law violations.

Noting that Trump required Bharara to step down as US attorney, D'Souza added: "KARMA IS A BITCH DEPT: @PreetBharara wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career". That prosecution was led by one of Bharara's predecessors as US attorney, James B. Comey, who would go on to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director and also get fired by Trump.

"Donald Trump has sent a message to his friends and cronies that if you break laws to protect him or attack our democracy, he's got your back", said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Texas to meet with families of the Santa Fe school shooting victims, and to attend Republican fundraisers, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

"What he did does not justify 18 years in jail", Trump said.

The government said in court papers that D'Souza faced overwhelming evidence of guilt and "now seizes upon the fact that he is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration as an excuse to avoid the consequences of his actions".

Trump said he was seriously considering commuting the sentence of Blagojevich, the Democratic former governor serving a 14-year prison sentence on numerous counts of corruption, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama.

Mr. D'Souza slammed Bharara in an radio interview too.

D'Souza has released two documentaries titled 2016: Obama's America and Hilary's America.

Libby was convicted in 2007 of lying in an investigation into the unmasking of a Central Intelligence Agency agent.

Both cases prompted critics to accuse Mr Trump of abusing his pardoning power.

Also pardoned was former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Susan Hennessey, a fellow in national security in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, acknowledged on CNN that the president has unreviewable pardon authority.

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