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". "The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers".
D'Souza in 2012 released an anti-Obama film, "2016: Obama's America", based on his 2010 book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage".
D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to a straw-donor scheme created to benefit New York Republican candidate Wendy Long, who was trying to oust Democratic Sen.
From the beginning, D'Souza has argued the charges brought against him were politically motivated and used as a way to stifle his political activism against the Obama administration and the Left. He was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months of supervised stay at a halfway house, and fined $30,000 (Rs 20.22 lakh), reported CNN.
Donald Trump has sent a message to his friends and cronies that if you break laws to protect him or attack our democracy, he's got your back.
US President Donald Trump's decision to pardon Indian-American conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza is being strongly criticised here, with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood describing it as thwarting the cause of justice.
He appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2010, but was sacked after four episodes.
According to some political analysts, the pardons could be a signal to Trump allies who are now facing charges or are under investigation.
So just who is Dinesh D'Souza?
Russian foreign minister to head to North Korea
The dispute over the islands has prevented Japan and Russian Federation from formally signing a peace treaty ending World War II. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "They plan to have additional meetings this week" at the border area of Panmunjom.
"I would never be able to vote and never have my full rights".
Trump also floated the possibility of issuing a pardon to Martha Stewart, in addition to Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich, who once appeared as a guest on Trump's 2010 "Celebrity Apprentice" show, has been in prison since 2012.
Trump tells reporters that Blagojevich said something dumb but that "lots of politicians" do and thinks his sentence is excessive.
"It's nearly like President Trump went through a list of potential crimes that he and his White House could be charged with and found pardons for other people to lay the groundwork", he said on CNN. Trump and Comey have traded barbs on Twitter and in public comments for the past year. "Hope", she said in a written statement. D'Souza had pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.
D'Souza said in one tweet that the students had received the "worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs".
This year, in March, he pardoned former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who was convicted of taking photos of classified portions of a USA nuclear submarine. Saucier had claimed his prosecution was driven by sensitivity about classified information driven by Clinton's case. Conservative Republicans had sought a pardon for Libby for years.
He said he is weighing a pardon for Martha Stewart, who served time for conspiracy and lying to federal investigators but has been free for more than a decade.
"The president's ad hoc use of the pardon power is concerning enough".
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan), a top member of the Judiciary Committee, tweeted that Trump wants "to send a message that silence will be rewarded" to those being contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.