Staunch Obama critic Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation. He avoided going to trial on the charge. He pleaded guilty to one felony count, which carries a maximum prison sentence of two years. His lawyers reached a plea deal with the government calling for a sentence of 10 to 16 months.
D’Souza, who is behind the discredited film “2016: Obama’s America,” pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally contributing to a New York GOP candidate’s Senate campaign in the names of other donors. It should be noted that many Republican lawmakers and several Fox News personalities dismissed the charges as political retaliation for his constant criticism of the Obama administration.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was among the many Republicans who rushed to defend D’Souza, slamming the charges as “an abuse of power.” He joined with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in sending a letter to FBI director James Comey Jr., quoting Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz in claiming politics had something to do with the indictment.
Media Matters also reports that Fox News’ Sean Hannity went to bat for D’Souza, claiming he was the “latest victim to be targeted” and put on President Obama’s “enemies list.” Gee, I wonder what they have to say now that he pleaded guilty? Obama made him do it?
The fact is, the prosecutors had incriminating evidence D’Souza knew that he was breaking the law. They had recordings made by the husband of one of the straw donors that showed his wife discussing plans with D’Souza in the event that the illegal donations were uncovered.
Dinesh D’Souza told the court on Tuesday, “I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids. I deeply regret my conduct.”