Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative commentator and filmmaker who was indicted last month on charges of campaign finance fraud spoke out for the first time about his legal troubles on Fox’s Hannity Friday night. His defenders have spent the last few weeks wondering aloud whether D’Souza’s indictment was some kind of retribution from the Obama Administration for his film, 2016: Obama’s America, but now it was his turn.
“Now, remember,” Hannity said before introducing D’Souza, “his indictment comes after the IRS harassed conservative groups last year and after the disgraced tax agency recently placed extra scrutiny on a group of conservatives in Hollywood.” As CNN reported last June, the IRS also targeted “progressive” groups.
Asked by Hannity if he believes he was targeted for his conservative beliefs, D’Souza said, “I will say that the film, 2016, was a film that does seem to have gotten under President Obama’s skin,” citing a “rant” against the film on Obama’s website, presumably referring to this repudiation of the film on by Obama’s 2012 Truth Team. “Whether this is a kind of payback remains to be seen.”
Before moving on, Hannity said the Obama Administration is “certainly targeting conservatives,” adding that it’s “been pretty well proven.” The host did not ask D’Souza any questions about the nature or veracity of the campaign finance violations with which he has been charged.
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