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Trump to pardon conservative author Dinesh D’Souza

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – MAY 31: Conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza speaks during the final day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 31, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some of the biggest names in the Republican Party made appearances at the conference, which hosts 1,500 delegates from across the country through May […]

WASHINGTON (NBC) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will pardon conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza, who was fined and sentenced to eight months in a halfway house in 2014 for making “straw” donations to a Senate campaign to make an end run around contribution limits.

D’Souza, a bestselling author and filmmaker who has been sharply critical of former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, made news most recently when he ridiculed the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting following the Florida House’s decision not to consider a ban on so-called assault weapons.

“Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs,” D’Souza wrote on Twitter. He later apologized.

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