Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza: A behind-the-scenes look at my presidential pardon

On Wednesday I was working in my office when the phone rang and the operator announced: “Please hold for the president of the United States.” I resisted the impulse to make a joke: “I’m in the middle of something. Can you let him know I’ll call him right back?” President Trump came on, and told me he was sitting in the Oval Office with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. “You know John, don’t you?” the president said. I sheepishly said I didn’t, but of course I knew who he was. President Trump said I was a great voice for freedom and for America. Then he added: “Dinesh, I got to tell you, man to man, that you got screwed.” President Trump said I did something that would normally get a slap on the wrist and a fine, but instead the previous administration went after me with the full force of its powers. President Trump termed my case as an injustice, one that he was in a position to correct. And then came the words that I had to repeat to myself to fully grasp their significance. “I’ve decided to give you a full pardon.” The president said this would clear my record “and now you can be an even bigger champion of freedom than before.” I could do little more than mutter my grateful astonishment. Later, the president told the media that he thought I was having a heart attack. Actually, I was just tongue-tied with joy. And the conversation ended with President Trump saying he would make his decision public the following morning, not with a news release but with a Tweet. For me, the pardon was the exhilarating conclusion to a five-year ordeal. In 2012, in an attempt to help my longtime college friend Wendy Long, who was running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in New York, I asked two of my associates to donate $10,000 apiece to her campaign. Then I reimbursed them. In doing so, I broke the law by exceeding the campaign finance limit. Now it is an open secret that campaign finance limits are regularly transgressed just about every election season. Yet such cases are rarely prosecuted. In general, the government only goes after chronic or repeat offenders, or after those who break the law with corrupt intent, seeking to buy favors or obtain some sort of quid pro quo. Consider the recent case of liberal comedian Rosie O’Donnell, who has acknowledged exceeding the campaign finance limits on five separate occasions, in five separate jurisdictions. While O’Donnell’s motives were not corrupt, she certainly is a repeat offender. Consequently, there are five times more reasons to prosecute O’Donnell than there were to prosecute me. No corruption or quid pro quo was even alleged in my case. In fact, candidate Wendy Long didn’t even know that I had contributed $30,000 instead of the allowable limit of $10,000. How, then, did the decision to prosecute me come about? Some clues are contained in my FBI file. A congressional oversight committee tried for well over a year to get this file. The FBI, then under since-fired Director James Comey, refused on familiar pretexts: claims that my file would reveal confidential sources, contained information that would jeopardize the bureau’s work, blah, blah, blah. Finally, the FBI relented and provided a redacted version of the file. The file reveals that as soon as the FBI learned about my situation – how it found out is still unclear – the agency allocated $100,000 to investigate case involving $20,000 of political contributions. This by itself is odd. The oddity, however, disappears with another revelation in the file. The FBI from the outset red-flagged me as a prominent conservative critic of the Obama administration. Why is this information about my political views even in my file? How is it relevant? The obvious answer is that the FBI was signaling to the Obama Justice Department – in other words, to Attorney General Eric Holder – that here was a political adversary that the Obama team might want to go after. And that’s why the FBI was so reluctant to give up the file. It didn’t want the Republicans in Congress to discover the bureau’s corrupt modus operandi. The stage was set for my prosecution, carried out by the Department of Justice and directed by Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara tweeted Thursday that while President Trump has the right to pardon anyone he wants to, the fact is that I voluntarily pleaded guilty to a felony violation. Bharara’s logic is clear: why would someone who did not intentionally break the law publicly confess that he broke the law? Here’s why: Bharara’s prosecutors charged me with exceeding campaign finance limits. But when they learned that I might plead not guilty, they threatened to add a second charge. What, you might wonder, was this second violation? What else did I do wrong? Turns out, nothing. The second charge I was threatened with was called filing a false document. Evidently, I did this by not revealing that I was the source of the contributions made in the name of my associates. In other words, this charge was just another way of describing the first charge. The difference, however, is that the first charge carried a maximum of two years in federal prison, while the second charge carried up to five years. The bottom line was that the federal government was threatening me with a sentence so severe it would ruin my life. Then members of Bharara’s team said that if I pleaded guilty to the first charge, they would drop the second. They bludgeoned me into submitting to a lesser sentence rather than risk complete professional and personal destruction. While this is a standard tactic used by prosecutors – it is the single factor that explains why federal criminal cases have a conviction rate approaching 100 percent – it’s important to realize that the government is pressuring not only the guilty, but also the innocent to plead guilty. I find it almost comical to see Bharara put on a straight face and present the outcome of strong-arm bullying as “voluntary” confession. One has to be utterly naive to fall for such deceit. My only consolation is that Bharara’s whole scheme has collapsed. He tried to destroy a fellow Indian-American’s life out of naked political ambition. Then President Trump fired him and pardoned me! Bharara is discovering the ancient Indian wisdom contained in the modern American saying that “karma is a bitch.” My case, alas, represents a grotesque miniature of what American politics has become. It wasn’t always this way. President Jimmy Carter or even President Bill Clinton would no more dream of locking up opponents like me than the Bushes would dream of locking up leftist filmmaker Michael Moore or Rosie O’Donnell. But with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, we’ve see a gangsterization of politics in which the organs of the state – the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department and so on – are deployed against ideological adversaries. I’m glad to be out of the clutches of these nefarious characters, including the judge appointed by President Clinton who included in my sentence mandatory psychiatric counseling. This is a man who thought he could supervise my “re-education,” which I guess would be confirmed in his mind if I went to work for the Clinton Foundation or started making regular appearances on MSNBC. Eventually, to his dismay, the judge gave up on his little Stalinist project and confessed that I could not, by his standards, be rehabilitated. Now I’m free. No longer does the ominous phrase, “United States of America versus Dinesh D’Souza” ring in this immigrant’s head. My American Dream and my faith in America are now fully restored. Thank you, President Trump, for making this happen.

Dinesh is  best-selling author and filmmaker.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and talking with, Dinesh a few times.   He’s got a great sense of humor.  One time he was autographing one of his books for me, and wrote…”To (me), who taught me everything I know.”   Hahaha!  Kudos to President Trump for granting him this well-deserved pardon.  Excellent!    🙂

Seth Rogen slammed for trying to get Costco to stop selling conservative writer’s book

Actor Seth Rogen was slammed on Monday for a tweet he sent two months ago trying to get Costco to stop selling a book written by a conservative writer. “The Big Lie” by Dinesh D’Souza claims to expose the “Nazi roots of the American left,” but Rogen took to Twitter on Aug. 13 to ask Costco, “Why do you sell books that compare left wing people like me to Nazis?” Liberal writer Kurt Eichenwald even defended D’Souza, calling him a “liar” who has free speech rights to “spin his drivel.” Rogen responded, “I’m not saying they ban him or imprison him or fire him from whatever his job is. Just surprised they sell his sh– next to tubs of yogurt.” D’Souza quickly responded himself, “Don’t call a book sh– without reading it. If you do, I’d honestly like you to tell me what I got wrong.” The two-month old tweet gained attention on Monday when media analyst Mark Dice chimed in, “Look at this Hollywood Libtard acting like a Nazi trying to get a book banned. What’s next Seth? Burning them?” Dice’s comment resulted in his loyal followers poking fun at the “Knocked Up” actor, and has been retweeted and liked over 3,000 times. “He’s upset at being compared to a Nazi but has no problem comparing right wing people Nazis,” one user wrote, while another said, “Because Seth Rogan [sic] left wingers are socialists. The Nazis were socialists. You see the connection?” Dice’s presumably conservative followers piled on, with one writing, “He hasn’t read the book! They all run their mouths without a clue. Hollyweirds think normal people think like them. No we think for ourselves,” and another saying, Rogen “should probably stick to smoking pot and making unfunny movies. Leave the political commentary to the professionals.” Rogen is an outspoken liberal who offers his opinions via Twitter on a regular basis. On Monday he retweeted a photo mocking Stephen Bannon and defended women accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment over the weekend. “I believe all the women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment. It takes bravery to do so,” Rogen wrote. Rogen’s representatives did not immediate respond to request for comment.

Seth is a stunningly stupid person, and c’mon…let’s be honest..  He’s a dreadful actor.  I remember seeing The Green Hornet when it came out.  Kato was great!  Seth, was awful.  But, I digress..    I’ve seen Seth interviewed a few times, and I think I lost a few IQ points watching him.  Seth doesn’t understand the irony in him trying to get Costco to not sell a book because it compares extreme liberals to nazis.  Nazis are socialists by definition.  And, extreme liberals in this country like Bernie Sanders, Obama, Hillary could easily be called socialists.  Heck, Bernie openly admits he is a socialist!  Socialists also like to censor speech, etc. …kinda like what Seth is trying to do with Costco.  See the irony?  Someone needs to break it down for the pot-smoking moron.  I don’t have the patience..  Oh, and Dinish is a great writer.  Anything written by him is worth reading!

Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza spared prison over campaign funds violation

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, facing up to two years in prison after pleading guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws, will not be spending time behind bars.

Excellent! I’m SO relieved to hear this!! There is NO doubt that Dinesh was targeted by Obama operatives for his political views, as well as his books and movies, some of which have been critical of Obama. The way they went after Dinesh smacked of fascism…and Nazi Germany. We’re used to hearing about such things in banana republics in south and central America….but NOT here in the land of the free where we, ostensibly, value and respect freedom of the press. Anyway, like I said.. Just glad that Dinesh won’t be spending time behind bars.

I’d encourage everyone to go to Amazon.com and show your support of Dinesh, by picking up a book or two of his…or any of his excellent movies. 🙂

Dinesh D’Souza book yanked from Costco shelves

Dinesh D’Souza book yanked from Costco shelves

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book retailers.  And, the movie is out.  So, see the movie, and read the book!  And, if you shop at Costco and can’t find it, write or call Costco corporate hq, and complain.  Its clearly a politically-motivated decision.  They’d NEVER do this to Hillary or any other liberal author wanting to sell a book.

Dinesh D’Souza Pleads Guilty to Making Illegal Campaign Contribution

Dinesh D’Souza Pleads Guilty to Making Illegal Campaign Contribution

This is terrible!!  Sad days.   😦  I guess Dinesh decided to not fight this…and just make a deal.  But, make NO mistake about this..  Dinesh is being persecuted because of the information he has exposed in his writings and movies about Obama and his regime.  And, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says, this is pretty “selective prosecution,” given what Obama and his donors have done (which is many times worse), as well as other politicians and their contributors have donated on BOTH sides of the aisle.  The feds are just trying to shut Dinesh up because he goes where others are either too chicken, or too lazy, to go.  But, this is America; NOT Nazi Germany, Vlad’s Russia, or some banana republic in South America where some dictator (like Hugo Chavez) with a funny hat uses thug-like tactics to squash opposition media and so on.  And that’s whats being done here.  Lets be clear about this.  Hes being targeted by the feds specifically because of who he is, his views, and his writings.  I have several of his books personally autographed.  Recommend any of his writings, or his movies…while ya can still get them.