Letter: D’Souza, Trump and truth

Saturday, June 09, 2018

I read Andrew Sharpe’s letter to the editor of June 7, in which he accused the Washington Post of not telling the “whole truth” regarding Dinesh D’Souza and how the Post wanted “to weaken and pull down President Trump” when it accused him of being the celebrity pardoner. Let’s take a look at what D’Souza had been accused of: violation of campaign contribution limits; making contributions in the name of another person; and lying to law enforcement. D’Souza in his plea deal admitted wrongdoings and doing something the law forbids. I expect that the reason D’Souza wasn’t let off with an administrative fine, which Sharpe had implied would have been more appropriate, was the fact that he lied to the Federal Election Commission.

D’Souza’s supporters contended that he was singled out for prosecution by the Obama administration. The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, stated, “The court concludes the defendant has respectfully submitted no evidence he was selectively prosecuted.”

It’s unfortunate that Sharpe doesn’t hold Donald J. Trump to the same standard he sets for the media, that is “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”