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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dinesh D’Souza: ‘I Will Not Be Stopped By Barack Obama’ -- PatDollard.com

NEW YORK – Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative author and filmmaker whose stunning “2016? grabbed the nation’s attention during the last presidential campaign with its criticism of Barack Obama, is vowing a strong defense to charges filed against him by the Obama Justice Department.

“I will not be stopped by Barack Obama,” D’Souza told WND in an exclusive interview. He also affirmed his plan to proceed with the planned July 4 release of his new film, “America,” despite being prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice on campaign-finance charges.

“So, I’m releasing a new film this year and what I am making clear is that whatever these guys are trying, it’s not going to stop me from making the film or releasing the film or being able to put my message out there,” he said.

He said he’s planning an aggressive defense of the criminal charges.

“Normally, when you charge somebody with a serious crime, in this case two counts of a felony with a maximum of seven years in prison, there has to be malevolent intent, you have to be trying to do something bad,” D’Souza explained.

“In this particular case, they are saying I transcended the campaign limit by $20,000, but even they admit that the motive of doing this is to help a long-time friend, a college classmate of mine, Wendy Long, who is running an uphill campaign for the Senate in New York. But they’re not alleging that I did this with a view to getting an appointment, or quid-pro-quo. I’m not a professional bundler in any way. This was, even if what they say was true, not normally the kind of thing for which you engage in this type of heavy-handed prosecution. It is unusual.”

D’Souza explained that the effort to prosecute him is part of a pattern in which the Obama administration is systematically attempting to suppress the First Amendment rights of conservative Americans.

“I think we see with Obama there is a broader pattern here going on. It’s not as if this were a single isolated case. You’ve got the IRS scandal, selective targeting going on there,” D’Souza said.

“So, Obama said recently that all of this is ‘boneheaded,’ it’s as if [these are] accidental, goofball mistakes. But it seems the mistakes have a trajectory and a certain pattern to them,” he said. Keep Reading Sphere: Related Content

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