Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Here’s Why Dinesh D’Souza Needed a Pardon

Here’s Why Dinesh D’Souza Needed a Pardon

D'Souza said he was surprised when he got a call at his office from the president. "The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers".

The far right, including Trump, act like D'Souza was railroaded for his political beliefs, despite being caught red-handed in illegal voting shenanigans not that different from the ones that Republicans are supposedly so concerned about that they constantly try to make voting harder for most people.

D'Souza's 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" was made into a film, "2016: Obama's America", which was popular with conservative groups.

D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to making an illegal campaign contribution to NY politician Wendy Long's 2012 Senate campaign, allegedly going over the contribution limit by directing other donors to give to her and repaying them.

After being charged, D'Souza and his lawyer accused the government of having "selectively targeted" him because of "his outspoken, vigorous and politically controversial criticism and condemnation'" of Obama and his administration. Kirsten Gillibrand. He was sentenced to five years probation, including eight months in a "community confinement center".

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.

As he left Washington to fly to Texas, Trump tweeted: "Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today". Blagojevich was also a contestant on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality television show in 2010.

"It's something that we've absorbed over time, but I remain costly optimistic with this president", Robert Blagojevich said, "who has proven to be very unpredictable and do things that, to me, are very clear and commonsensical that defy political norms".

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Trump also pardoned Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, whose case had been brought to his attention by actor Sylvester Stallone.

Trump tells reporters that Blagojevich said something dumb but that "lots of politicians" do and thinks his sentence is excessive.

The comments came aboard Air Force One on Thursday after he announced on Twitter that he planned to pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza.

"Mr. D'Souza accepted responsibility for his actions", it said. Legal observers also have suggested that the pardons could amount to a signal from the president to associates implicated in the Russian Federation probe that he would consider pardoning them.

D'Souza said in one tweet that the students had received the "worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs".

He also has pardoned Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who had taken photos of classified portions of a submarine. "She used to be my biggest fan in the world", Trump said. Trump pardoned Libby in April.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, convicted on perjury and obstruction of justice in Central Intelligence Agency leak case disclosing identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson, was pardoned in April.

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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