Late last year, just before the Christmas break, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) sent a letter to the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara requesting the prosecution file against author and documentarian Dinesh D’Souza. D’Souza pled guilty to a campaign finance charge in May 2014 and served eight months in prison and is in the midst of a five year probation term.
D’Souza’s political allies believe that he was unfairly targeted by the Obama administration, which singled him out after his massively successful documentary 2016: Obama’s America, which earned $33 million at the box office. In that film, D’Souza analyzed Obama’s anti-colonialism roots and his history of association with radicals. Shortly after the film became a smash, the Obama administration brought him up on charges for allegedly reimbursing straw donors $20,000 for donations to Congressional candidate Wendy Long. This is common campaign finance practice, as Townhall’s Rachel Alexander reported, and has been rife in Democratic campaigns including that of former Senator John Edwards (D-NC). The New York Times stated, “It is not clear from the court documents what led investigators to Mr. D’Souza in a fund-raising case involving relatively small donations.” Matt Drudge rightly tweeted, “They are going after the Obama critics with indictments. VA Gov. Now Dinesh D’souza. Holder unleashing the dogs…”
The deadline for compliance with the document request was December 28, 2015. There is no indication as to whether the file has been turned over yet.
It’s about time that Congressional Republicans began examining a censorious administration hell-bent on silencing opposition using all means at its disposal. It will be fascinating to find out just how D’Souza came to the federal government’s attention, and whether political targeting was indeed involved.
The full document can be seen below.