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Trump pardons conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza

  • D’Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign contributions to a Senate candidate
  • He funneled $20,000 in contributions through his girlfriend to Republican Wendy Long
  • He told a U.S. District Judge ‘I deeply regret my conduct’
  • He authored the film ‘The Roots of Obama’s Rage’ that invoked colonialism and bashed the president 
  • Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara prosecuted the case

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will be granting a pardon to conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza, who bashed President Obama and pleaded guilty to illegal campaign contributions.

‘Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!’ Trump wrote on Twitter.

It will be his fifth pardon, having also granted pardons to conservative firebrand sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Bush administration official Scooter libby, and others. 

 D’Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to funneling the campaign contributions to Wendy Long, his college classmate.

PARDON ME: Conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza speaks during the final day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 31, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some of the biggest names in the Republican Party made appearances at the conference, which hosts 1,500 delegates from across the country through May 31. President Trump is giving him a full pardon

She was running against Kirsten Gillibrand for Hillary Clinton’s old New York Senate seat. 

The girlfriend, Denise Joseph, was engaged to D’Souza while they were both still married to other people

The 53-year-old author of ‘The Roots of Obama’s Rage’ and the filmmaker behind the popular documentary ‘2016: Obama’s America,’ he admitted to Federal Judge Richard M. Berman that ‘I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids.’

‘I deeply regret my conduct,’ he said.



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