Trump to Grant Full Pardon to Conservative Pundit Dinesh D'Souza

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But on Thursday, Trump made a decision to strike an even more powerful blow against America's criminal "injustice" system, by offering a full pardon to the former political prisoner - and path-breaking public intellectual - Dinesh D'Souza.

And despite the fact that he leads the government, Trump has complained that the government treats him unfairly, too.

Trump's pardon of D'Souza, who codirected the 2016 political documentary Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, comes out of the blue. Last August, he pardoned former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling of Hispanics. A federal court sentenced D'Souza to five years probation.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday repeated her office's call on lawmakers to change state law in order to ensure individuals pardoned by President Donald Trump could still face legal consequences.

Dinesh D'Souza was born in Mumbai.

This would be Mr Trump's fifth full pardon.

Some say D'Souza was unfairly targeted because he is a conservative.

Then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara accused D'Souza following his sentencing of "willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process".

D'Souza became one of the most prominent critics of the Obama administration after his 2012 documentary, "2016: Obama's America", became the second highest grossing USA documentary ever.

He was convicted of a felony, and spent eight months in federal custody.

White House spokesman Raj Shah echoed D'Souza's claim of selective prosecution.

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".

For comparison, at the same point in their presidencies, "former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had not issued any pardons", Rascoe writes.

The surprise pardon comes as the the Trump administration pushes criminal justice reform.

Preet Bharara, who brought charges against D'Souza when he was US Attorney for the Southern District of NY, asserted that there was no unfairness in the case.