Trump to Pardon Obama-critic Dinesh D'Souza

D'Souza plead guilty to campaign finance fraud

Police cars and tape block off a crime scene where a gunman was shot and killed at Cinergy Odessa movie theater, Midland, Texas, August 31, 2019.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday he will pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.

D’Souza, 53, admitted in May 2014 that he illegally reimbursed two “straw donors” who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.

D'Souza is a conservative author and filmaker who recently sparked controversy suggesting student victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting showed grief that was "politically orchestrated" and "phony & inauthentic."

Two of his other tweets also led to intense backlash, which he ultimately apologized for.