D'Souza: 'Deafening Silence' From Liberals on Indictment

Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 10:55 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza on Saturday noted "a deafening silence on the civil libertarian left" regarding his indictment in January on federal campaign-finance charges.

"While conservatives have offered a lot of support, the liberals — if you will — in a way, have just gone quiet on this," D'Souza told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Fox News Channel program.

He made the observation in praising Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, who has been one of many commentators to charge to Newsmax that the indictment was a form of retribution for D'Souza's role as director of a 2012 film critical of President Barack Obama.

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The movie, "2016: Obama's America," is a top-grossing documentary, with a take of more than $33 million.

"Alan Dershowitz is not only a Harvard law professor, but perhaps the leading civil libertarian in the country," D'Souza told Huckabee. "He's proved over the years that he stands up for principle. Certainly, he and I are on the opposite sides of the political spectrum.

"I think he sees himself as a man of principle, so it's taken a good deal of courage for him to speak out so candidly on my behalf," D'Souza said. "I appreciate it."

D’Souza, 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury in January on charges of using straw donors around August 2012.

He is accused of reimbursing people whom he had directed to contribute $20,000 reportedly to the New York Senate campaign of Republican Wendy Long, a longtime friend, who was handily defeated by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in last November's election.

The case is scheduled for trial in May. D'Souza is free on $500,000 bond.

His new documentary — "America" — which imagines what the world would be like if the United States did not exist, is to be released next month.

In his Huckabee interview, D'Souza declined to link the indictment to his 2012 documentary but said, "not only have I been an outspoken critic of Obama, but in some ways, I entered Obama's world."

He noted that he interviewed the president's half-brother, George Obama, who lives in Nairobi, for the film. After the 2012 election, George Obama pleaded with D'Souza in a telephone call for financial aid to help a sick child, he said.

"He asked if I could provide $1,000 to help him," D'Souza Told Huckabee. "And I'm, like, 'You're the president's half-brother. Isn't there somebody else you can call?' And he said, 'no.'

"I ended up sending $1,000 to George Obama, while President Obama apparently now announces this new initiative called 'My Brother's Keeper,'" D'Souza said. "Well, evidently, he hasn't been much of his brother's keeper."

D'Souza's reference was to a new private-public initiative the president announced last month that seeks to help young men of color become successful and overcome odds that are often stacked against them.

"I've been pointing this kind of stuff out — and I think it's put me out there as an outspoken critic of the president."

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