He has also granted one commutation of sentence. Then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who prosecuted the case, emphatically denied any political motivation. "Then he got fired & I got pardoned", D'Souza tweeted at Bharara, former United States attorney for the Southern District of NY.
This is relevant because ex-wife also took issue with what she saw as D'Souza's two-faced handling of his conviction.
Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano said the reason Trump "correctly" said D'Souza was treated "unfairly" is that "historically this has not been treated as a criminal prosecution". And in 2012, D'Souza absent-mindedly arranged $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions for a Republican Senate candidate who ultimately lost by more than 40 points - a mistake that any hard-working American could have made in a moment of inattention.
This is not the first time experts say Trump's pardons appear to be symbolic warning shots at special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. On Wednesday, Trump met with Kim Kardashian to discuss prison and sentencing reform.
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"President Trump's latest pardon makes crystal clear his willingness to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than advance it", Underwood said in a statement.
D'Souza allegedly coordinated donations to Long's campaign through friends and acquaintances.
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".
"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.
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. Most pardons are merciful.