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D’Souza: In relaying pardon, Trump said he wants him to be ‘a bigger voice than ever’

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D’Souza 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.

During an appearance Friday on “Fox & Friends” on Fox News, D’Souza said the phone call from Trump on Wednesday was unexpected.

“The president said, ‘Dinesh, you’ve been a great voice for freedom,’ and he said that, ‘I got to tell you man-to-man, you’ve been screwed,” D’Souza told Fox.

He said Trump told him that he had been looking at his case and said he “knew from the beginning that it was fishy.”

“He said upon reviewing it, he felt a great injustice had been done and that using his power, he was going to rectify it, sort of clear the slate, and he said he just wanted me to be out there, to be a bigger voice than ever, defending the principles that I believe in,” D’Souza said.

Prosecutors said D’Souza had other individuals donate money to Republican Wendy Long, a Republican who was challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2012, under an agreement that he would reimburse them for the donations.

D’Souza said his prosecution was politically motivated, in part because he had made a film highly critical of President Obama.

He told Fox he considered the case “a vindictive political hit.”

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