Trump to pardon controversial Indian American pundit Dinesh D’Souza

Trump to pardon Dinesh D’Souza

Early Thursday morning, Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he will be pardoning Dinesh D'Souza, who was found guilty of violating federal campaign finance laws in 2014.

Trump said Thursday that he was less interested in pardoning Blagojevich than in a "curtailment" of his sentence.

What do those three people have in common?

It all started with Mr. Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, who in a tweet was highly critical of the presidential pardon to Mr. D'Souza. D'Souza is serving five years of probation.

James Comey, who would later become Federal Bureau of Investigation director and feel the sting of a Trump pink-slip, prosecuted the case.

The federal prosecutor who oversaw Stewart's case in NY was James Comey, one of Trump's principal antagonists and the man he fired as FBI director past year.

Stewart pleaded guilty in 2004 to charges including lying to federal investigators during an insider trading investigation and served five months in prison.

James Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director previous year and has repeatedly assailed, 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. Fitzgerald, in yet another twist, was appointed as special prosecutor by none other than James Comey.

During his days as a reality TV host, Trump "fired" Blagojevich from the Celebrity Apprentice, but the two apparently fostered a congenial relationship. And yet D'Souza is such a contemptible, easily mocked human being that it's hard not to laugh at the constant and well-deserved dunkings that he's always on the wrong end of. "The career prosecutors and agents did their job".

Blagojevich was convicted on numerous counts of corruption, including for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama and for shaking down a children's hospital.

"The president said, 'Dinesh, you've been a great voice for freedom, ' and he said that, 'I got to tell you man-to-man, you've been screwed", D'Souza told Fox.

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

D'Souza has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, briefing reporters on Air Force One as Trump later flew to Dallas for Republican fundraising events, denied that celebrity was a consideration in whom the president decides to pardon.

James Robenalt, a lawyer at the firm Thompson Hine, said the D'Souza pardon is largely symbolic for subjects of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

D'Souza, who came to the U.S. as a student from Mumbai and went on to work in the Reagan White House, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2012 by using "straw donors" to contribute more money than allowed to the campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican who was running for the NY state Senate.

Mr. D'Souza, who comes from a Roman Catholic family from Goa, had launched a campaign against both Mr. Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

D'Souza came in for criticism recently for a tweet mocking student survivors of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. In another tweet, he wrote "Adults 1, kids 0". "Martha Stewart never would have gone to jail if she hadn't gone and testified".

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