Citing poor treatment, Trump will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza

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"By pardoning Dinesh D'Souza, President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon".

And despite the fact that he leads the government, Trump has complained that the government treats him unfairly, too.

D'Souza, who is a conservative filmmaker and political commentator, pleaded guilty in 2014 to using straw donors for illegally contributing money to a 2012 Senate campaign for his friend Wendy Long.

Mr. Trump also commuted the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of what was America's largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant.

Trump also pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former vice president Dick Cheney's chief-of-staff who was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury, and Kristian Saucier, a US Navy sailor convicted of taking photos inside a nuclear submarine without permission. "This is disturbing news, not only because it would undermine public confidence in the rule of law, but also because-due to a little-known feature of NY law that appears to be unique in its reach-a strategically-timed pardon could prevent individuals who may have violated our State's laws from standing trial in our courts as well".

This is Trump's fifth pardon.

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In 2014, when he was charged with violating federal election campaign laws, D'Souza alleged that he was the victim of selective prosecution, targeted for his conservative beliefs.

"I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids", D'Souza had said at his plea hearing.

A 1983 graduate of Dartmouth, D'Souza served as a policy analyst for the late President Ronald Reagan and as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a halfway house and a $30,000 fine.

In April, Trump pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney and was convicted in 2007 of lying in an investigation into the unmasking of a Central Intelligence Agency agent.

Earlier this month, The New York Post's Anna Sanders published allegations that Rosie O'Donnell had violated campaign finance law no fewer than five times, with donations much larger in size than D'Souza's.

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