"What my case shows in miniature is how Obama, and Hillary, too, have gangster-ized US politics", he said. The prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan, was an Obama appointee. "He was treated very unfairly by our government".
D'Souza is a best-selling author and successful filmmaker who served as an adviser in the Reagan administration. 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 31.
Bharara, in a tweet, denied any political influence took place: "The facts are these: D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness. The career prosecutors and agents did their job".
"Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America".
D'Souza claimed during the case that he was being unfairly prosecuted by federal prosecutors, but the judge ruled that he had provided no evidence to support this. "Then he got fired & I got pardoned", D'Souza wrote.More news: Nashville Crowd Boos Senator Bob Corker at Donald Trump Rally
Trump granted the reprieve to D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to exceeding campaign donation limits in contributing to a long-shot Republican Senate candidate in NY. D'Souza is serving five years of probation.
He pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for contempt of court; Kristian Mark Saucier for unauthorized retention of defense information' Lewis "Scooter" Libby for obstruction of justice and perjury; and boxing legend Jack Johnson for violating transporting a white woman across state lines.
"Trump's action sends yet another unsafe signal that he will abuse his power to protect those who would subvert the rule of law, including the laws that protect the integrity of our democracy from corruption", Flynn said. "That's the same message he's been sending to Vladimir Putin for the last two years", said David Donnelly, president of the liberal advocacy group Every Voice.
But at his plea hearing in 2014, D'Souza said he knew he was breaking the law.
D'Souza also often posted racist comments about former President Barack Obama, and as a student at Dartmouth University, he published an article titled "Dis Sho' Ain't No Jive, Bro" which was written in ebonics.
Mr Trump's remarks came just hours after he announced that he would pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza. "Mr. D'Souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and also completed community service by teaching English to citizens and immigrants seeking citizenship". He will talk on TV about all the egregious Obama violations of law while also recounting the witch hunt, but say we need to move on.