The US President Donald Trump has announced to grant a full pardon to the Indian-American political commentator, filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza, 57, who is known for his homophobia and peddling conspiracy theories. He was sentenced to prison as he was found guilty in 2014 for violating federal campaign law.
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our Government!” Trump tweeted.
Dinesh D’souza was found guilty of making illegal campaign contributions of $20,000 to a New York politician and was thereof sentenced to five years of probation, $30,000 fine and a relatively mild eight months of living under supervision in a “community confinement center” in the year 2014.
Mr. D’Souza, a strong political commentator and a big supporter of Trump voluntarily pled guilty to using straw donors for illegally contributing money to a 2012 Senate campaign for Wendy Long, who happens to be his friend.
However, the top Indian American attorney Preet Bharara has opposed the pardon. "The president has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct and the judge found no unfairness. The career prosecutors and agents did their job. Period," Mr. Bharara tweeted.