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He is scheduled for release in 2024. "But I thought that he was treated unfairly", Mr. Trump said. D'Souza, who spent eight months in a halfway house in San Diego, said he was grateful he is no longer labeled a felon and can vote again.

In a statement, the White House said the 57-year-old was "in the President's opinion, a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws". He said he telephoned D'Souza on Wednesday night.

It was the latest example of Trump using his presidential pardon power to right a perceived wrong. D'Souza then pleaded guilty to one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others.

D'Souza, who came to the USA as a student from Mumbai and went on to work in the Reagan White House, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2012 by using "straw donors" to contribute more money than allowed to the campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican who was running for the NY state Senate. Trump said on Twitter.

"Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America". Fact-checkers said D'Souza's film 2016: Obama's America was full of distortions.

Now President Donald Trump may pardon her forthose crimes.He told reporters on Thursday that he is considering pardoning both Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. "However, I believe this is opening a door, and if he doesn't follow through with [more] people who are not well-known, I think that will be extremely disappointing".

Two years later, he was convicted on multiple charges of corruption, including attempting to "sell" the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he became president.

Trump pardons conservative, says lifestyle maven Stewart may be next
The President did not use the Office of the Pardon Attorney for the pardons for Arpaio or Libby. On Wednesday, Trump met with Kim Kardashian to discuss prison and sentencing reform.

"What he did does not justify 18 years in jail", Trump said.

(From left to right) Carol Leifer, Sinbad, Maria Kanellis, Sharon Osborne, Rod Blagojevich, Michael Johnson, Donald Trump, Curtis Stone, Cyndi Lauper, Goldberg, Daryl Strawberry, Brett Michaels, Selita Ebanks, Summer Sanders and Holly Robinson Peete are seen in an NBC handout photo for Season 10 of "The Celebrity Apprentice". I knew from the beginning that it was fishy. Judge Richard Berman dismissed the bias claims as completely unfounded. While a pardon is more analogous to a criminal expungement, a commutation "means that the legal stigma" still applies and a criminal record remains intact even while allowing the defendant to get out of prison earlier, Spitzer said.

In his victory lap Thursday, D'Souza mocked Bharara.

"The president said 'Dinesh, you've been a great voice for freedom".

D'Souza had plead guilty in 2014 to federal campaign finance law violations.

Trump has granted five pardons since taking office including one to Joe Arpaio, a Trump supporter who was convicted of contempt of court for racially profiling Hispanics while serving as a sheriff in Arizona.