Donald Trump pardons Indian American convicted of making illegal campaign contribution

Jun 01, 2018, 16:32
Donald Trump pardons Indian American convicted of making illegal campaign contribution

On Twitter on Thursday, Trump said D'Souza was "treated very unfairly by our government".

President Trump has started handing out pardons to people with very specific personal connections.

Preet Bharara, who prosecuted D'Souza as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, was quick to respond to Trump's tweet on Thursday, noting that D'Souza "intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct, and the judge found no unfairness". He told reporters on Air Force One on Thursday that he is considering using his clemency power in other high-profile cases, as well. His incarceration release date is set for 2024.

Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. Kardashian is advocating for a pardon for a low-level drug offender named Alice Marie Johnson, who has served more than 20 years in prison.

D'Souza waited until "the last possible moment" before trial to admit guilt, the government said, then went on television shows and the internet to say he was "selectively" targeted for prosecution. The senators quoted liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who said, "I can't help but think that [D'Souza's] politics have something to do with it". In March 2012, D'Souza gave $10,000 on behalf of himself and his wife.

He later responded to Bharara, tweeting, "Bharara & his goons bludgeoned me into the plea by threatening to add a second redundant charge carrying a prison term of FIVE YEARS". He claimed his prosecution had been politically motivated.

Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today. He had been sharply critical of Obama, whose administration prosecuted him. He also received a $30,000 fine.

D'Souza was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution of $20,000 (£15,000) in 2014 to a NY politician. At the time, the legal limit for an individual contribution was $5,000. Long ended up losing the 2012 race to incumbent Democratic Sen.

An immigrant from India, D'Souza has published books fervently defending America, Christianity, and the Western tradition.

"Mr. D'Souza accepted responsibility for his actions", it said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has defended Trump's practices, telling a Senate panel in April that the president "clearly has the constitutional power to execute pardons" and is not obligated to confer with the Justice Department.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan), a top member of the Judiciary Committee, tweeted that Trump wants "to send a message that silence will be rewarded" to those being contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

"I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids", D'Souza, who had previously argued that he was a victim of selective prosecution, told the judge in the case. The students had lost 17 classmates and teachers in a shooting that month.

D'Souza tweeted his thanks to the president a few hours after the news broke. In another tweet, he wrote "Adults 1, kids 0". Despite the backlash, D'Souza is scheduled to speak at a two-day event being put on next month by the Republican Party of Florida.