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US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he will grant a full pardon to controversial Indian American conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating campaign funding law. He was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months living under supervision in a "community confinement center" in San Diego, and a $30,000 fine.

D'Souza thanked those who urged Trump to pardon him, and took a swipe at Preet Bharara, the US attorney who prosecuted him.

D'Souza, Blagojevich and Stewart had been convicted of such crimes as campaign-finance violations or lying to investigators-charges similar to those brought against Flynn, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and other Trump associates indicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation.

In a statement on Thursday, Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn argued that Trump's decision to pardon D'Souza demonstrates once again the president's "contempt for the rule of law".

In April, Trump pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney and was convicted in 2007 of lying in an investigation into the unmasking of a Central Intelligence Agency agent.

Speaking of the leadership of the federal investigators who prosecutor her husband, which include frequent targets of Trump's wrath Comey and Mueller, she said, "These same people are trying to do the same thing that they did to my husband on a much larger scale".

Stewart - who had her own "Apprentice" show in 2005, a spinoff of Trump's show - was prosecuted by James Comey when he was the USA attorney in Manhattan.

This is the fifth pardon of Trump's presidency.

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Conservative commentator and best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations in 2014.

But prosecutors said the charges were nonpolitical and arose out of the FBI's "routine review" of campaign filings.

D'Souza was prosecuted by Preet Bharara, who was sacked by Trump as USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, and is now a high-profile critic of the administration. D'Souza never served prison time.

"Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs", D'Souza tweeted next to a photo of students disappointed by the Florida legislature's failure to approve a ban on assault weapons.

D'Souza ultimately admitted to donating tens of thousands of dollars to a U.S. Senate campaign, well above the individual contributions limit of $5,000, by funneling money to other people and donating in their names.

Dinesh D'Souza voiced his thanks on Twitter to those who reached out and supported him.

Patti Blagojevich, the former governor's wife, said she and the couple's two children were "very encouraged" by Trump's comments. Trump pardoned Libby in April.

Talking to reporters on board Air Force One, Trump said Blagojevich did something that "lots of politicians" do, adding his prison sentence was excessive for merely saying something dumb.

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