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Senators send letter to FBI demanding explanation of Dinesh D’Souza indictment

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Ardent Obama critic Dinesh D’Souza believes he’s become “vulnerable” to governmental harassment because of his film, “2016: Obama’s America, the conservative author and filmmaker told Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Friday.

In January, D’Souza was arrested on campaign finance fraud charges – just months after the release of the unflattering documentary on President Obama’s political background.

“I am a public critic of the president, and I do recognize that this has made me, to some degree, vulnerable to some forms of counter-attack,” D’Souza told Kelly, adding that the film’s director, Gerald Molen, was “contacted rather coincidentally by the IRS” after the film came out.

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Concerned about D’Souza’s civil rights, four Republican senators sent a letter to the FBI on the filmmaker’s behalf.

U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee asked FBI Director James Comey to explain an arrest many on the right see as political retaliation, according to The Weekly Standard.

“I can’t help but think that [D’Souza’s] politics have something to do with it,” the letter quotes Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz as saying. “It smacks of selective prosecution.”

The senators wrote:

“To dispel this sort of public perception that Mr. D’Souza may have been targeted because of his outspoken criticisms of the President, it is important for the FBI to be transparent regarding the precise origin of this investigation.”

Tom Tillison


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