Conservative author and activist Dinesh D'Souza said Friday that his pardon from President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE is proof that Trump wanted him to have "a bigger voice than ever" in the conservative movement.
In an interview with "Fox & Friends," the former American Enterprise Institute scholar said Trump told him on a phone call that he felt a great "injustice" had been done to D'Souza in his 2014 New York conviction for illegal campaign donations.
"The president said, 'Dinesh, you have been a great voice for freedom,' " D'Souza claimed. "And he said that 'I got to tell you man-to-man, you’ve been screwed.' "
"He goes, 'I have been looking at the case. I knew from the beginning that it was fishy,' " he continued. "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."
Trump announced the conservative writer's pardon on Thursday, claiming in a tweet that D'Souza had been treated "unfairly" by the Obama administration.
D'Souza on Friday maintained that argument, alleging that the Obama administration convicted him because the president and his team wanted to "make an example" of him through his prosecution for illegally donating $20,000 to a New York politician.
"I have become very familiar with these campaign finance cases over the past several years. No American in our country's history has ever been indicted, let alone prosecuted, let alone locked up for doing what I did. There is just not a single case," D'Souza said.
"So, what happened here is Obama and his team, [Attorney General] Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group Democrats look to state courts as redistricting battle heats up On The Trail: Census kicks off a wild redistricting cycle MORE, [District Attorney] Preet BhararaPreet BhararaWhatever else he did, Cuomo did not obstruct justice by ranting to Obama White House Why Trump (probably) won't be indicted New York Times in discussions to acquire The Athletic: report MORE in New York, these guys decided to make an example of me," he charged. "This was a vindictive political hit that was kind of aimed at putting me out of business."
Prominent Americans including the father of White House aide Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE, Charles Kushner, have been convicted of illegal campaign donations in the past and served high-profile prison sentences.