President Trump said Thursday he will grant a pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative pundit who produced theatrical films critical of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

D’Souza was sentenced in 2014 to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a “community confinement center” and a $30,000 fine, after pleading guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws. Obama administration prosecutors had sought 10 months in prison. At the time, D’Souza’s supporters saw a double standard, maintaining Holder’s Justice Department typically ignored similar technical violations in contributions to Democratic Party campaigns.

Trump tweeted Thursday: “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!”

“I’m very relieved to have my record clean in a way that fully restores my faith in America, my American dream,” D’Souza said in an interview on Laura Ingraham’s show. “Something that’s hanging over you and you have the United States of American versus Dinesh D’Souza, and that is now gone.”

He said on the program, “What my case shows in miniature is the way that Obama and Hillary too have gangsterized the U.S. politics. Because if you think back, it’s really unimaginable that, say, Jimmy Carter – he would no more dream of locking me up or targeting me than either of the Bushes would dream of doing the same to Michael Moore, or even Rosie O’Donnell. But there’s a new turn that’s come in American politics, and Trump is, I think, very well aware of it. In some ways he’s the product of it.”

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At the time of D’Souza’s case, a report listed at least 16 incidents in which the Obama administration used the power of government against political opponents.

The double-standard issue arose in a debate during the 2016 presidential campaign when Trump promised to have a special prosecutor look into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. Former attorney general Eric Holder tweeted at the time: In the USA we do not threaten to jail political opponents.

“I was very amused to see the tweet by Eric Holder waxing indignant about the idea of jailing your political opponents,” said D’Souza at the time, whose films have included “Hillary’s America,” “America: Imagine the World Without Her” and “What’s so Great About Christianity?

“Let’s talk about my case for a second. No American in the country’s history has been locked up for doing what I did,” he said. “This is typically handled not even as a criminal matter but as a civil matter by the SEC. It was highly unusual for the government to prosecute in this way.”

See D’Souza’s works at the WND Superstore, including “Hillary’s America,” “America: Imagine The World Without Her,” “2016: Obama’s America,” “God Forsaken,” “Roots of Obama’s Rage” and “What’s So Great About Christianity?”

D’Souza pleaded guilty to arranging “straw donors” to contribute to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a college friend.


Gerald R. Molen, producer of D’Souza’s films, told WND the charges were “the equivalent of prosecuting a political dissident in the Soviet Union for jaywalking.”

“Yes, jaywalking in the Soviet Union is a crime, but it’s a minor crime,” he said.

D’Souza noted the case “came on the heels of the movie about Obama.”

Critics of the case were justified, he said, “in saying this was a political vendetta.”

Obama, well known as a “narcissist,” was “very bitter about the movie, and was railing on his website,” D’Souza said.

“My case revealed the real difference between the right and the left. Conservatives would never think of jailing Michael Moore, however offensive we might consider his movies. We might ridicule him, but we wouldn’t try to destroy his life,” he said at the time.


The Federalist reported the 16 cases in which Democrats tried to jail political opponents.

“The media had a fainting spell over Trump’s comment, and are insisting he’s behaving like a dictator and threatening to jail a political opponent. Here’s a few of the numerous overwrought headlines that have emerged,” wrote Bre Payton for The Federalist.


She cited, in order:

  1. David Daleiden: “After publishing undercover footage of Planned Parenthood harvesting organs from the bodies of aborted babies and discussing agreements to sell those baby organs, Daleiden became public enemy number one for Democrats.” The report said the case was filled with conflicts, including a prosecutor who got more than $25,000 from an abortionist.
  2. Little Sisters of the Poor: “The Obama administration tried to fine this Catholic organization, which cares for impoverished elderly individuals, for refusing to provide birth control to their employees.” The report said Obama’s administration tried to force them to pay $70 million a year in fines.
  3. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: “Leftists called for Michigan’s Republican governor to be jailed after emails revealed his office was worried about water conditions in Flint a year before he took action on the local affair.”
  4. Wisconsin’s John Doe probe: “A Democratic district attorney used the state’s legal system to intimidate Republicans in a witchhunt against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.” The report said Dems ordered police to raid homes of conservative activists.
  5. Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “In 2013, Rosemary Lehmberg, a Texas district attorney for Travis County and a Democrat, was arrested for drunk driving. A video of her booking, in which she’s visibly under the influence and slurring her words, went viral. Former Gov. Rick Perry tried to remove her from office by threatening to ‘veto funding for a statewide public corruption unit that she headed unless she resigned.’ Democrats tried to get him prosecuted in retaliation.”
  6. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: “Last year, the former Republican governor of Virginia was found guilty of wire fraud, extortion, and other felony charges after accepting large sums of money from a campaign donor he later named as a cabinet member.” Reports said the judge appeared to have a personal vendetta against McDonnell.
  7. ‘Climate Change Deniers’: “Leftist TV actor Bill Nye ‘the science guy’ said in April that those who are skeptical of so-called ‘climate change’ should probably go to jail. … Robert Kennedy said he ‘wish[ed] there were a law you could punish them with.'”
  8. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: “In 2012, a pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, released a TV ad basically calling the former Massachusetts governor a murderer and intimating that he gave a woman cancer.”
  9. Advocates for sex-protected bathrooms: “The Obama administration threatened to defund schools that didn’t want to allow transgender students to share bathrooms, locker rooms, and overnight sleeping quarters with children of the opposite biological sex.”
  10. Cake bakers: “A Denver-area cake baker, Jack Phillips, became an enemy of the state after he refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. … The Colorado Civil Rights Commission has mandated that he must bake cakes for all weddings, even those he objects to for religious reasons, and that he must ‘re-educate’ his staff and keep records for two years to prove he’s complying with state law.”
  11. Conservative nonprofits: “After Catherine Engelbrecht filed an application to get tax-exempt status approved for her voter integrity group True The Vote, she and her husband were raked over the coals by the IRS, investigated by the FBI, and later investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).”
  12. Dinesh D’Souza: “The Obama administration had the filmmaker arrested after he encouraged others to donate to a New York senatorial candidate and later reimbursed them.”
  13. The filmmaker Hillary blamed for Benghazi: “Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker Hillary Clinton falsely accused of producing an inflammatory video she falsely told Americans had spurred the terrorist attack in Benghazi where four Americans died, was sentenced to a year in prison for publishing the short film on the Internet in violation of his parole.”
  14. Pro-lifers: “Daleiden isn’t the only pro-life advocate liberals have twisted the law to pillory. For 28 years a pro-abortion group, the National Organization for Women, went after pro-life activists who had volunteered to lend support and counseling to women seeking an abortion. The attorney representing NOW accused the group of violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. As Life Site reports, the RICO act is ‘a statute intended to prosecute members of the mafia.'”
  15. Karl Rove: “Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was annoyed at House Republicans for their probe into Attorney General Eric Holder’s Operation Fast and Furious — a series of botched sting operations that resulted in the deaths of American border patrol agents and countless Mexican people. So she bragged to reporters that she could’ve thrown Karl Rove in jail, but didn’t because she’s nice.”
  16. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton: “After Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) penned an open letter criticizing the Iran nuclear deal, Democrats accused him of violating an obscure, 200-year old law called The Logan Act. The funny thing is, no one has even been found guilty of violating the act in the history of the United States. So why start with Cotton? Probably because he was critical of their pet project, which is a pretty raw deal for America and the rest of the world.”

That D’Souza is a critic of Democrats is unquestioned.

On a website supporting his book “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” he warned during the 2016  campaign:  “We are on the brink of losing our country forever. After eight years of Obama, four years – or possibly eight years – of Hillary Clinton as president of the United States would so utterly transform America as to make it unrecognizable.”

If Clinton were to win the presidency, America would no longer be a land of opportunity, D’Souza said.

“Hillary as president will complete the transformation of America into a land of rapacious crony capitalism, run solely for the benefit of friends of the Obamas and the Clintons and the Democratic Party.”

See D’Souza’s works at the WND Superstore, including “Hillary’s America,” “America: Imagine The World Without Her,” “2016: Obama’s America,” “God Forsaken,” “Roots of Obama’s Rage” and “What’s So Great About Christianity?”

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