"I don't know him other than that he was on The Apprentice for a short period of time", Trump said, referring his former reality TV show. Trump said she was "unfairly treated" and "used to be my biggest fan in the world". He was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a "community confinement center" in San Diego, and a $30,000 fine.
In the statement, D'Souza acknowledged he was violating the law. 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. An outspoken critic of Obama, D'Souza claimed his prosecution by the Obama Justice Department was politically motivated.
In 2014, then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged D'Souza with using "straw donors" to contribute funds to Wendy Long, a Republican who ran for Senate in NY against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012.
Not that it affects the legal case, but Dinesh D'Souza's twitter feed looks like Roseanne's x 1,000 and is what he's been known for in recent years.
"Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America". "Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both". His 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" was made into a film, "2016: Obama's America", which was popular with conservative groups.
Mr. D'Souza is the author of almost 20 books and producer of four movies, with the latest one being "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party".
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was unfair to suggest the only people winning pardons under Trump are those connected to him or with a celebrity backer.
I'll tell you another one - there is another one I'm thinking about. The FBI released a statement about the sentencing.
Trump told reporters that Blagojevich said something dumb but that "lots of politicians" do and thinks his sentence is excessive. And it doesn't- he shouldn't have been put in jail, ' he said.
Meanwhile, Blagojevich, removed from office in 2009 and convicted on multiple charges of corruption two years later, also appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice before he began his sentence. "That the case is interesting or high profile, is insufficient to constitute some evidence of selective prosecution". Judge Richard Berman dismissed the bias claims as completely unfounded. If you've followed D'Souza's career you know that he's just the dullest kind of partisan hack-one without even the awful sense of humor or weirdly enraging anti-charisma of a Sean Hannity or Ann Coulter.
"These guys decided to make an example of me", D'Souza said. "D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness".
Last month, Trump also pardoned Scooter Libby, a former aide to vice president Dick Cheney who was prosecuted by Fitzgerald for lying to investigators and obstruction of justice.