D’Souza after pardon: Trump wants me to be ‘a bigger voice than ever’

D’Souza after pardon: Trump wants me to be ‘a bigger voice than ever’
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Conservative author and activist Dinesh D'Souza said Friday that his pardon from President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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.

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"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 HolderBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Ocasio-Cortez to be first guest on new Desus and Mero show Holder says he will make 2020 decision in coming weeks MORE, [District Attorney] Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaIt’s crazy to not ask difficult questions about NATO The importance of independent, unbiased data George Conway: Nothing Trump says 'can be taken at face value' 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 KushnerFive things to know about Trump confidant Tom Barrack Dems open new front against Trump Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia MORE, Charles Kushner, have been convicted of illegal campaign donations in the past and served high-profile prison sentences.