Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza is under indictment for allegedly running an illegal contribution scheme in a 2012 U.S. Senate race.
D’Souza, whose highly critical film 2016: Obama’s America became a commercial success in 2012, was charged Thursday with one count of contributing money to a U.S. Senate campaign in the name of others, totaling $20,000, which carries a maximum of two years in prison. He’s also been charged with causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission, which carries a maximum of five years in prison.
According to the indictment, D’Souza allegedly told associates to make campaign contributions for a single candidate, which he then reimbursed.
“Trying to influence elections through bogus campaign contributions is a serious crime. Today, Mr. D’Souza finds himself on the wrong side of the law,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos said in a statement. “The Federal Election Campaign Act was written to limit the influence of money in elections; the FBI is fiercely committed to enforcing those laws to maintain the integrity of our democratic process.”
Federal laws laws prohibit an individual from making more than a total of $5,000 in campaign contributions to any one candidate.
D’Souza’s documentary, which grossed over $33 million and included an interview with the president’s half-brother, became a hit among conservatives with its sharply critical view of President Obama. He is also a best-selling author, former King’s College president, and former policy analyst for President Reagan.
What We're Following See More »
On a party-line vote, "the House Judiciary Committee defeated a Democratic effort Tuesday to obtain any information the Justice Department has on possible conflicts, ethical violations or improper connections to Russia by President Donald Trump and his associates. The committee’s Republican chairman, Bob Goodlatte, opposed the resolution, even as he acknowledged the Justice Department hasn’t acted on his own request for a briefing on alleged Russian interference with the U.S. election and potential ties to the Trump campaign." He said he'll be sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting him to pursue "all legitimate investigative leads" into those matters.
"President Donald Trump won’t sign a revised travel ban on Wednesday as had been anticipated, two senior administration officials confirmed. One of the officials indicated that the delay was due to the busy news cycle, and that when Trump does sign the revised order, he wanted it to get plenty of attention."
Near the end of his speech Tuesday, Donald Trump made a firm proclamation affirming his support for NATO. "We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism," Trump said. However, he continued on, "our partners must meet their financial obligations."