Decoding Trump's Dinesh D'Souza Pardon

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"What my case shows in miniature is how Obama, and Hillary, too, have gangster-ized US politics", he said.

Preet Bharara, the Indian American US attorney for the Southern District of NY was one of the led prosecutors in that case.

He said that "to a certain extent Martha Stewart was harshly and unfairly treated". "So it was a move of ambition as I understand it".

D'Souza is a best-selling author of several books critical of the American left and the influence of religion on USA society.

D'Souza, who made the documentary 2016: Obama's America, entered the plea a week after the federal judge overseeing the case rejected his claim that he was selectively prosecuted. Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.

D'Souza pleaded guilty. He "admitted that he knew that what he was doing was wrong and something the law forbids", the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said in a statement.

"Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America", he said.

D'Souza began his career as an adviser to Ronald Reagan and served as president of a small Christian college in New York City, King's College, between 2010 and 2012.

While Trump is using the pardon at a faster pace than the three previous administrations, presidents in the early 20th century including Franklin Roosevelt used the executive power even more frequently, according to Department of Justice statistics. I got to tell you man-to-man you've been screwed, '" D'Souza told "Fox & Friends in an interview.

D'Souza, a filmmaker, author and speaker, was sentenced in September 2014 to five years of probation after he admitted making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in NY.

D'Souza was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house and five years of probation.

Before pleading guilty in 2014, D'Souza insisted on his innocence and claimed he was targeted for federal prosecution because of his anti-Obama views.

They said D'Souza was "exploiting the fact that he happens to be an outspoken critic of President Obama in a baseless attempt to avoid criminal prosecution". Trump said on Twitter.

The United States Constitution gives the president the ability to "grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States".

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, briefing reporters on Air Force One as Trump later flew to Dallas for Republican fundraising events, denied that celebrity was a consideration in whom the president decides to pardon.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, convicted on perjury and obstruction of justice in Central Intelligence Agency leak case disclosing identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson, was pardoned in April. In a new video, released this week, Mr. D'Souza ripped apart "the false narrative that Democrats are the "anti-fascist" party".