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Indian American writer, filmmaker gets Trump’s pardon

Donald Trump in one of his last acts as president ...

  • Mr Dinesh D’Souza

Donald Trump in one of his last acts as president has pardoned Dinesh D’Souza, an Indian American writer, filmmaker and conservative political activist convicted of making illegal political contributions.

Trump said that D’Souza had been “treated very unfairly by our government”. He was one of 73 people whose pardons were announced on January 20 morning. Seventy others had their sentences commuted.

In December, Trump pardoned Charles Kushner, the father-in-law of his daughter Ivanka Trump. Kushner was convicted of tax fraud, retaliation against a witness and lying to the Federal Election Commission. At that time another person close to Trump, 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort, also received a pardon. He had been convicted of a financial fraud involving the former Soviet Union. Trump’s former political strategist Stephen Bannon, who had been charged with alleged fraud in connection with a private campaign to build a wall along the Mexican border to further Trump’s border wall promise was also pardoned.