Trump didn't elaborate on how the government had wronged D'Souza, who admitted that he had close associates contribute $10,000 to New York Republican Wendy Long's campaign for the Senate. His pardons include former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in an investigation into leaking the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency officer, and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt in a case related to his hard-line tactics with undocumented immigrants.
One day after meeting with Kim Kardashian West to discuss prison reform, Donald Trump on Thursday used his presidential pardon powers to right a perceived wrong in the USA criminal justice system. "I was married to Dinesh D'Souza for more than 20 years and together with him for over 26 years".
Mr. D'Souza was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution in 2014.
The decision sent shockwaves through the political world - D'Souza has for decades thrived as an incendiary mouthpiece for a hardline fringe faction of the American right.
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Trump is handing out pardons to convicted GOPers like candy.
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.
In a book titled The End of Racism: Finding Values in an Age of Technoaffluence, D'Souza said slavery wasn't a racist institution and segregation "represented a compromise on the part of the Southern ruling elite seeking, in part, to protect blacks". He was fined $30,000 and given a punishment of five years of probation, which would include eight months of living under supervision in a "community confinement centre".
The call for reforming New York's double jeopardy law comes as federal and state prosecutors are investigating Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
At issue is Article 40 of the state's Criminal Procedure Law, which, aside from certain exceptions, prevents state prosecution of crimes for which an individual has pleaded guilty or faced jury trial in any other jurisdiction, including federal court.