NEW YORK – The Department of Justice is defying a request from the House Oversight Committee, refusing to turn over the prosecution file in the criminal case against conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to a charge that he had used straw donors to make campaign contributions to a Senate campaign.
In a letter dated Dec. 22, 2015, House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, requested that Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, turn over to the committee the prosecution’s file in United States v. Dinesh D’Souza, 14 CR 045 (RMB), by no later than Dec. 28, 2015.
To date, the Department of Justice has not handed over the file.
In a House Oversight Committee hearing held in Washington Tuesday, DeSantis questioned Peter J. Kadzik, DOJ assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, about the refusal to comply with the request of the House committee.
In response to a direct question by DeSantis about whether or not the Department of Justice planned to turn over the case file, Kadzik indicated DOJ was willing to come and brief the committee on the issue, but had no plan to turn over to the committee the prosecution case file as requested.
In May 2014, D’Souza pled guilty to arranging “straw donors” to contribute $10,000 to the failed 2012 Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a college friend.
On Sept. 23, 2014, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman sentenced D’Souza to an eight-month overnight detention in a San Diego work-release center, five years probation, community service one day a week teaching English to Spanish-speaking applicants for citizenship, plus a $30,000 fine.
Berman also ordered D’Souza to undergo psychological testing during his probation period.
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On July 13, 2015, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ordered D’Souza to continue psychological counseling, over the objection of D’Souza’s defense counsel, Benjamin Brafman, who provided the court with evidence the psychiatrist D’Souza was initially ordered to see found no indication of depression, no reason for medication, and did not recommend psychological treatment.
“Presenting prosecution files presents particular law enforcement sensitivity,” Kadzik commented in response to DeSantis’ question. “I know that the issue you and the chairman are interested in whether or not there was selective prosecution.”
DeSantis interrupted to correct Kadzik that selective prosecution was only one of the issues the committee was interested in investigating in D’Souza’s case.
“There are a number of issues we would like to review and conduct oversight on how the case was handled,” DeSantis said. “We want to get prompt responses. We don’t want this to turn into the IRS or certain other investigations that have just been stonewalled to death.”