D'Souza, an outspoken critic of former President Barack Obama, had claimed that his prosecution by the Obama Justice Department was politically motivated, but the presiding federal judge said D'Souza had failed to prove it. The perpetual Clinton & Obama foe had earlier been indicted for illegally using straw donors to make financial contributions to New York Republican senate candidate Wendy Long.
Trump biographer Tim O'Brien shared Waxman's assessment and said pardons such as this one were clear signals to his assorted henchmen that he would reward their loyalty if they refuse to flip on him.
The official White House statement on D'Souza's pardon said he was, in the President's opinion, "a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws".
D'Souza was born in Mumbai and became a naturalized US citizen in 1991.
"I am thrilled and relieved and elated and as an immigrant in America, my American dream has been under something of a cloud, so I'm very relieved to have that cloud lifted", D'Souza told Fox News. The President is handing these things out like political party favors.
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Barr also said her firing "worked out" because she "would leave when they started to try to censor me". Barr had earlier apologized to members of the cast and crew, but the tweet was deleted.
This is relevant because ex-wife also took issue with what she saw as D'Souza's two-faced handling of his conviction.
Trump announced Thursday in a tweet that he plans to pardon D'Souza because of his "unfair" treatment by the Obama administration.
D'Souza tweeted his thanks to the president a few hours after the news broke.
Some say D'Souza was unfairly targeted because he is a conservative. Indoctrinated into Kenyan anti-colonialism by his absent father, Obama was trying to bankrupt the U.S.as a means of shifting the balance of global power to the developing world.
Though past presidents have waited until the end of their term for controversial pardons, Trump has granted clemency to four people during his first 16 months in office.
He was convicted of a felony, and spent eight months in federal custody. In April, Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, an adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstructing justice.