US Attorney fired by Trump led Dinesh D’Souza witch hunt in 2014

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for New York who was fired by President Trump over the weekend, has a dubious history with conservatives.

Bharara was the prosecutor who filed charges against conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza in 2014. D’Souza is now speaking out about Bharara’s firing in a must-read tweet.

In 2014, Bharara led the prosecution of D’Souza on charges of making an illegal campaign contribution. Prosecutors allege he used a “straw donor” to make an illegal donation to the Senate campaign of Wendy Long. They also claimed he lied to the Federal Election Commission. D’Souza maintained his innocence, and said it was a simple mistake he made while trying to support a friend’s campaign. D’Souza pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation and eight months in a halfway house.

D’Souza and his supporters maintain that the prosecution (which is rare in these types of cases) was politically motivated. In 2012, D’Souza had released 2016: Obama’s America, a scathing indictment of the Barack Obama presidency. It is a strong coincidence that the prosecution came just over a year after the film’s release.

On Friday, Bharara refused to resign after being formally asked to step aside by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On Saturday, Bharara refused to take a call from the President, and was fired soon after.

It is not uncommon for U.S. attorneys to resign and be replaced by a new administration. In fact, Jeff Sessions himself was asked to resign as a U.S. attorney when Bill Clinton took office.

In response to Bharara’s firing, D’Souza unleashed these tweets.

Preet Bharara

What goes around, comes around, however. Turnabout is fair play, and in addition, D’Souza now has some closure.

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