Dinesh D'Souza on Pardon by Pres. Trump: He Told Me 'You Got Screwed'
Trump announced the move Thursday morning, agreeing with D'Souza's long-held belief that he was singled out by the Obama administration in retaliation for his movie "2016: Obama's America."
Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
D'Souza said Friday on "Fox & Friends" that Trump called him on the phone and told him, "I gotta tell you man to man: you got screwed" and that a "great injustice had been done."
D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to making an illegal campaign contribution to New York politician Wendy Long's 2012 Senate campaign, allegedly going over the contribution limit by directing other donors to give to her and repaying them. He was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months in a halfway house, and paid a $30,000 fine.
D'Souza called it a "vindictive political hit" by then-President Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former New York federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, which was intended to destroy his career. D'Souza recalled that Obama was "raging" about the movie.
"These guys decided to make an example of me," he argued, disputing Bharara's contention Thursday that the prosecution was justified.
The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness. The career prosecutors and agents did their job. Period. https://t.co/bA3I8vs4QQ via @politico
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 31, 2018
D'Souza said there isn't a single case of someone being indicted or being incarcerated for the violations he committed. He said he was forced to plead guilty to avoid a second charge and a potential lengthy prison sentence if he went to trial and was found guilty on both counts.
"This kind of legal bludgeoning tactic is used not only against the guilty, but against the innocent," he said, explaining that the pardon will give him back his right to vote.
"I'm very grateful to President Trump for giving me my [full] rights back."
Watch the exclusive interview above.