‘Selectively Prosecuted’: Dinesh D’Souza Speaks Out About Pleading Guilty in Campaign Finance Case

Conservative scholar and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has pleaded guilty to a charge that he used straw donors to contribute to a Republican candidate’s Senate campaign. Though he accepts responsibility for what he did, D’Souza said Tuesday he is concerned that he is one of many targets of an administration that is “using the government to go after its critics.”

“Look at the pattern,” D’Souza said on TheBlaze TV’s Real News. “My partner, Gerald Molen, who made Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park, unmolested by the IRS for years. We make [2016: Obama’s America] together, boom, the IRS contacts him. Systematic targeting of Tea Party groups. Here’s Harry Reid — he’s taking money from his campaign and giving it to his granddaughter for her wedding. No prosecution, no controversy.”

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza speaks about what he sees as selective prosecution by the U.S. justice system. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza speaks about what he sees as selective prosecution by the U.S. justice system. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

“The way I put it is, it looks like Lady Justice is sort of taking down her blindfold,” D’Souza continued. “She’s kind of winking on her friends and putting the evil eye on her enemies. That’s the issue to me. That’s the issue of justice.”

Asked to explain the charges against him, D’Souza remarked: “My good friend of twenty-five years, Wendy Long, was running for the Senate in New York. I wanted to help her. Her campaign was flailing. And so I exceeded the campaign finance limit by $20,000. I gave her money that I shouldn’t have given her. … But I didn’t do something corrupt. This was not for my benefit. And so from the beginning I said, look, I did it, but a) my motive was not to commit a crime and b) I don’t want to be selectively prosecuted.”

“In other words, I’m perfectly happy to take responsibility for what I did, but I don’t want to become a target of an administration that’s using the government to go after its critics,” D’Souza concluded.

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