Donald Trump says he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza

Donald Trump says he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza

After earlier tweeting his decision on D'Souza, Trump told reporters on a flight to Houston that was also weighing a pardon for Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements related to a probe of alleged insider trading.

He has stirred controversy on social media for his offensive comments directed towards former President Barack Obama.

D'Souza, a conservative filmmaker, author and speaker was sentenced in September 2014 in federal court in NY to five years of probation after he admitted making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in NY. On Wednesday, Trump met with Kim Kardashian to discuss prison and sentencing reform.

D'Souza allegedly coordinated donations to Long's campaign through friends and acquaintances.

D'Souza was born in Mumbai and became a naturalized USA citizen in 1991.

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"Nonetheless, he's accepted responsibility and the President believes it's appropriate that he receive a pardon after community service, paying a fine, and doing other things that the judge has required", Shah said.

"Allowing Trump to engage in such flagrant open abuse of his constitutional powers without consequences will have far more damaging ramifications", she said.

"The Big Bang Theory" executive producer Bill Prady joined in the criticism, posting a tweet D'Souza made about Obama in which the writer says Americans are "cowering in embarrassment" of the president.

His cause was taken up by some on the political right as an example of anti-conservative bias during the Obama administration.

In the past, the Office of the Pardon Attorney has assisted the White House on clemency petitions - though it is not constitutionally required.

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Ohters came to D'Souza's defense, including Texas Sen.

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. He had been sharply critical of Obama, whose administration prosecuted him. "Issuing pardons used to be a more common practice".

Preet Bharara, who brought charges against D'Souza when he was US Attorney for the Southern District of NY, asserted that there was no unfairness in the case.

He was convicted of a felony, and spent eight months in federal custody.

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