UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign contributions.
On May 31, Trump tweeted that he was pardoning D’Souza, writing that “he was treated very unfairly by our government!”
D’Souza is serving five years probation for illegally using straw donors to support Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long in 2012. He previously served eight months in a halfway house for the felony crime and was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine.
The White House issued a statement explaining Trump believed D’Souza was the “victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws” and that he “accepted responsibility for his actions.”
Trump is reportedly also considering presidential clemency for others, including former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart