Dinesh D'Souza slams Bharara after being pardoned

Geneva Stokes
May 31, 2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former IL governor's prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law. "He was treated very unfairly by our government!" the president declared on Twitter.

"What should have been a quick minor fine, like everybody else with the election stuff", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

James Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director previous year and has repeatedly attacked, was the lead federal prosecutor in Stewart's case and played a role in the prosecution of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney. His scheduled release date is 2024. He also produced the films "2016: Obama's America" and "Hillary's America". She served five months in prison. Trump also pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in August, who was convicted of criminal contempt after he refused a court order to stop racially profiling Latino people.

Trump said he only knew D'Souza from TV and reading his works.

And MSNBC host Chris Hayes pointed out D'Souza parrots the same "vile, antisemitic" rhetoric as former ABC star Roseanne Barr.

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D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to illegally using straw donors in 2012 to donate to a Republican Senate candidate in NY.

The Justice Department that would imprison Mr. D'Souza for two years for giving unfair advantage to a friend's political campaign declined to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for threatening white voters with nightsticks at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. "I was married to Dinesh D'Souza for more than 20 years and together with him for over 26 years".

D'Souza pleaded guilty to a federal charge of making illegal campaign contributions in 2014. Individual contributions to any one candidate were limited to $5,000 at the time. Long ended up losing the 2012 race to incumbent Democratic Sen. "In light of these facts, the President has determined that Mr. D'Souza is fully worthy of this pardon", the statement said.

D'Souza is the latest controversial right-wing figure to get a reprieve from the president.

He retweeted Trump's tweet about the forthcoming pardon but did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment sent to his media company, D'Souza Media.

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