FBI Spent $100k to Investigate Filmmaker Obama Didn't Like


There is no question that conservative political commentator Dinesh D’Souza is not a fan of former President Barack Obama, as he produced two highly critical films about him and his agenda — as well as one about Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party.

There is also little doubt that Obama is no fan of D’Souza. Now, questions have been raised as to whether the author and filmmaker was selectively targeted by the Obama administration for heavy-handed prosecution over a relatively minor campaign finance violation, according to The American Thinker.

Our readers may recall that D’Souza received a sentence of five years probation, the first eight months to be served in a community confinement center, and a fine of $30,000. His crime was reimbursing friends a total of $20,000 for campaign donations they had given to another Republican friend who at the time was challenging sitting Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012, according to Reuters.

D’Souza was prosecuted by the Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, who had sought a prison sentence of 10-16 months in D’Souza’s case.

“My file — obtained by the House Oversight Committee — shows FBI red-flagged me as an Obama critic & allocated $100 K to investigate a $20 K case,” D’Souza tweeted Tuesday.

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That tweet came just two hours after D’Souza had tweeted, “If Obama ordered surveillance on @realDonaldTrump in 2016, I wonder if he ordered it on me in 2012, leading to my selective prosecution.”

That tweet was in response to growing evidence that suggests members of Obama’s FBI and Department of Justice conducted a targeted surveillance operation against the campaign and transition team of then-candidate, later President-elect Donald Trump.

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According to Independent Journal Review, D’Souza tweeted about the same topic again Wednesday and provided a bit more detail, such as naming those he believed to be corrupt and responsible for targeting him.

“A TIME FOR TRUTH: The corruption ring involved in my case extends to FBI, Eric Holder’s DOJ & also that Indian water-carrier @PreetBharara,” he tweeted.

To be sure, D’Souza’s claims at this time cannot be independently confirmed, but if true, would be a pretty big deal and further evidence supporting assertions that law enforcement was politicized under Obama.

Indeed, D’Souza’s attorney at the time of his conviction noted that no one had ever been sentenced to prison for similar campaign finance violations.

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Furthermore, the expenditure of $100,000 to prosecute a $20,000 crime seems like either an unacceptable waste of resources or an equally unacceptable purposeful persecution of a political enemy. We shall await further information to make a final determination in this case.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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