President Trump announced Thursday he will pardon conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution in 2012. Good news?
Yes, and we need to repeal almost all campaign finance laws.
Not just for making an illegal contribution, for committing campaign finance fraud. For fraudulently making donations in the names of others to deliberately circumvent the law. Had he made an excessive contribution in his own name, the overage would simply have been refunded.
How could he have been caught?
How do they catch anyone? It wouldn’t surprise me if he had bragged about it to someone in the campaign he was trying to help, and they rightfully turned him in (without extreme and misplaced trust on their part, they'd have had no choice). But I don’t know how the crime first came to light, only that it did, and that he admitted doing it and doing it on purpose knowing full well it was illegal.
I think they bugged his office and just waited for to do something. Obama was gunning for him.
Pretty small fish for that to be the case, and nobody gets their office bugged without having already done something both sketchy and obvious enough to show probable cause.
He made all those movies about Obama. He hates Dinesh.
Who is the republican from New York that doesn’t think pardoning Dinesh is a good idea.
I just want to know why. Maybe I’m missing something.
Breck ... this is what Democrats do, they pose as Republicans to taint the water.
Great move, d’Souzsa’s conviction was an historic over reach of a politicized radically transformed DOJ.
I also agree.
Him pleading guilty to using other people money was an over reach? Lol
I guess y'all are against transpiracy in who gives politicians money?
That’s a gross distortion of the actual facts of the matter. That aside, no one was ever prosecuted who was in an analogous situation. This prosecution was a Continuation of the Obama administrations policy to use the force of government against their politics opponents, the vestiges of which , I might add, we have been witnessing for the past two years.
No one prosecuted because he pleaded guilty... It's also not a distortion of the facts... He plead guilty to the use of straw donors
Mud ... did Mrs Clinton or any of her supporters do the same or similar thing?
Another distortion, he was walking down the street and said to himself, “Self, I think I’ll go plead guilty to a Federal charge today.” Please, stop with the deceptions. He was threatened with prosecution by the 500# gorilla and total ruination as we have seen against their political enemies. Be naive if you wish , but ask me to at this late stage of my life.
What about all the other Campaign violations that other people have done without consequence for example Rosie O’Donnell. Dinesh D'Souza: Rosie O'Donnell should be prosecuted - like I was - if she violated campaign finance law
Think, I don't know but does that make it right?
Geezer is that the only reason people plead guilty is because of a biased political machine? He couldn't possibly had done it and they had the evidence to prove it
You ignore the larger issue. There is no similar prosecution. Cases like his were so small and insignificant that they were always settled more leniently. No one went to prison. This was meant to have a chilling effect, not merely the application of justice. Just as the corrupt IRS leaned in conservative groups as a political action.
Breck you're right, she should be prosecuted, but that story broke just this month, dinesh wasn't prosecuted till 2 years after the fact. Our justice system is pretty slow.
Mud ... the prosecution was a political hit job. By the same token that other people doing something doesn’t make that thing right; when your enemy does what you do, it doesn’t make that act wrong!
I’m happy to prosecute all who violate, as long as it is not simply one side prosecuting.
Also O'Donnell donated a few thousand right? Dinesh donated over 20grand... Maybe that's the difference
Any bets on whether she’ll even go to trial?
Your insistence that this was a routine prosecution is akin to those who suggest the same about Tommy Robinson. It’s clear the Left thinks they are the smartest people in the room and that the rest of us are morons. Or they, the Left, are hopelessly naive.
In the last 10 years there has been 4 democrats and 2 Republicans convicted of campign finance violations so to say it's only been one sides seems a pretty ignorant statement
I didn’t say it was only one side. I did say that this one in particular was a political action because of who he was. Another attempt to distort my position.
Anthony Chiappone Dem plead guilty in 2010
Mike Easily Dem, plead guilty for a simple helicopter ride.
Richie farmer rep. (Probably the worse) 42 ethics violations, including 4 counts of converting public property to private and 1 count of bribery in 2013
Jesse Jackson Dem plead guilty in 2013
Ernie Newton plead guilty in 2015
See how there is a trend of pleading guilty geezer?
Geezer the one sided comment was directed at think
There’s way more to it than a simple overpayment of campaign donations. He asked a couple guys in his office to donate $10,000 each and he would pay them back. He could have sent the money to a pack fund and it would have gone to the same friend, but doing it this way is somehow illegal. But since he made those movies badmouthing Obama, he had spies in his office watching his every move to find anything to bust him with. They didn’t have any warrants, they have just been watching him. Obviously a trap by a corrupt president. And nobody that has done this same thing has ever been prosecuted. The judge that sentenced him was an Obama donor. Total setup.
OK, my error, I retract the distortion element. However my point remains the same. This was not a routine prosecution, it is analogous to the recent arrest of Tommy Robinson. I live in the real world. You can dress it up however you wish.
So you admit he broke the law?
Like I said there was a Dem who simply took a helicopter ride and he was still prosecuted.. was that a hit job?
I didn’t admit it. He did. He said he didn’t realize it was a crime when he did it. But he doesn’t deny it.
Well you admitted that he used straw doners but you also admit that intent matters, that's interesting
I never said that he didn’t do it. He admitted guilt. What’s wrong is that he is the only one in history to have ever been convicted and sentenced to confinement. Every other case, with much more money, has resulted in the money returned and a fine paid. This was an unjustifiable sentence.
Jesse Jackson who served in Obama's campign got 30 months in jail.
Dinesh didn't even go to jail
Farmer got 3 years but he was convicted of a lot of different crimes
This isn’t even close to what Dinesh did. “Mr. Jackson, 48, received 30 months in prison for spending $750,000 from his campaign on personal items. His wife, Sandi, 49, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for omitting $580,000 in income from the couple’s tax returns while they lived lavishly.” He was convicted of theft. A lot of theft.
Mud. I appreciate your enthusiasm. But this was just retribution for making movies that exposed Obama. Pure and simple.