Connect with us

National News

President Trump Grants Dinesh D’Souza a Full Pardon on Twitter

Whatever happened to “justice will prevail”?

Published

on

On Thursday morning, President Trump surprised his social media followers with an unexpected announcement — declaring that he will plan to pardon Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative author, pundit and filmmaker who pleaded guilty in 2014 to his illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign.


In 2014, D’Souza was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act, also known as the “Election Act.” The Election Act not only curtails the amount of contributions an electoral campaign receives from a specific donor but also restricts donors from making further contributions in the name of a third party.

According to a 2014 press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, D’Souza had attempted to direct his assistant and a woman he was romantically involved with to make contributions, on the behalf of themselves and their spouses, to the Senate campaign of Wendy Long  with the promise of reimbursing them. D’Souza later acknowledged that his actions were in direct violation of government laws during the plea proceeding.

D’Souza thanked President Trump in a celebratory tweet on Twitter, several hours after the president’s announcement, asserting that the president had restored his faith in the American dream.

Shortly following the announcement, Preet Bharara’s, Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, tweeted that the President’s pardon doesn’t negate the fact that D’Souza had voluntarily pled guilty.

D’Souza then proclaimed on Twitter that Bharara had intended “to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career. Then he got fired & I got pardoned.”

According to CNN, President Trump is currently considering pardoning Martha Stewart as well as commuting the sentence of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois. Both Stewart and Blagojevich had former appeared in President Trump’s NBC reality series “The Apprentice.”

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Rachel is a senior at UCLA majoring in Art History

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

In the Hot Seat2 days ago

Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for his role in the hush-money...

by , Mercy College
Entertainment2 days ago

Ambani-Piramal Wedding Celebrations include Beyonce and Hillary Clinton

India's richest man's daughter gets married.

by , Mercy College
National News3 days ago

Fatalities Reported at Strasbourg Christmas Market Shooting, Suspect Still at Large

France has currently upgraded their security threat level after terrorist attack leaves at least 12 injured

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
Academics1 week ago

Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill Faces More Trouble Over U.N. Speech

The Temple University professor is under fire from Temple for a U.N. speech critical of Israel.

by , The Catholic American University
National News3 weeks ago

Michigan State University Ex-President Charged in Larry Nassar Case

The investigation continues.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
Food3 weeks ago

CDC Warns Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid Another E. coli Outbreak

If you were planning on having a side salad this Thanksgiving, think again.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
Academics3 weeks ago

Michael Bloomberg Donates $1.8 Billion to Johns Hopkins University

Bloomberg's gift is one of the largest ever donations to higher education, but it hasn't garnered the praise that the...

by , University of Pittsburgh
Education3 weeks ago

Betsy DeVos Reinterprets Title IX: Victims Must Bear the Burden of Proof

Opponents of the policy say that it would favor the accused over the accuser.

by , University of Pittsburgh

Top Reads