"He's worked this process through the White House counsel and felt that it was appropriate to pardon Dinesh D'Souza", Shah said. He said D'Souza was treated very unfairly by the government.
D'Souza also often posted racist comments about former President Barack Obama, and as a student at Dartmouth University, he published an article titled "Dis Sho' Ain't No Jive, Bro" which was written in ebonics.
In 2014, he was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution of $20,000 to a politician based in NY.
Trump didn't elaborate on how the government had wronged D'Souza, who admitted that he had close associates contribute $10,000 to New York Republican Wendy Long's campaign for the Senate. Individual contributions to any one candidate were limited to $5,000 at the time. "I was married to Dinesh D'Souza for more than 20 years and together with him for over 26 years".
Trump, who signed the paperwork formally pardoning D'Souza before announcing it on Twitter, had never met or spoken with D'Souza before this week.
D'Souza is a best-selling author of several books critical of the American left and the influence of religion on USA society. He wrote the bestsellers "The Roots of Obama's Rage" in 2010 and "America: Imagine a World Without Her" this year, and in 2012 co-directed the film "2016: Obama's America". D'Souza is perhaps most infamous here on JMG for his regular claims that white nationalists are the product of the Democratic Party and that Nazis are actually leftists.
This is President Trump's fifth pardon since taking office.
Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today.
Last week, Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) memorably said "What about Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?" to say the left would be outraged if the shoe was on the other foot.
The former prosecutor tweeted earlier Thursday that he stands by the conviction.
In February, D'Souza apologized for sending a tweet that made fun of students from a high school in Parkland, Florida, who were upset after the Florida House voted down a proposed ban on a type of semi-automatic rifles known as assault weapons.