Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New York, May 20, 2014.
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Trump's decision to pardon D'Souza was viewed largely as a signal to longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who now faces an investigation into possible campaign finance violations, among other crimes.
"He nearly had a heart attack", Trump said.
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D'Souza is in the process of serving five years probation for illegally using straw donors to support Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long in 2012.
He was convicted of a felony, and spent eight months in federal custody.
D'Souza waited until "the last possible moment" before trial to admit guilt, the government said, then went on television shows and the internet to say he was "selectively" targeted for prosecution. "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". "But these are infractions and crimes that are rarely prosecuted, and many believe that he was the subject of some selective prosecution from the previous administration", Shah said on Fox News Channel.
D'Souza was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution of $20,000 (£15,000) in 2014 to a NY politician. Federal law limits campaign contributions to $5,000 per individual in an election cycle. This was more or less the thesis of his 2012 documentary, 2016: Obama's America, which proved immensely popular with some conservative audiences.