[Wendy] Long, an old friend of D'Souza's from their Dartmouth days, will testify against him at trial, prosecutor Carrie Cohen told Judge Richard Berman at the "Roots of Obama's Rage" author's arraignment.
Long "informed the government that Mr. D'Souza lied to her about the source of those donations," Cohen said.
She said D'Souza had exceeded campaign contribution limits by giving her cash through two of his married friends.Here's where it gets interesting.
"One worked with him and the other lived with him," Cohen said.This isn't particularly clear. Were the friends married to each other? If so, why was one was living with D'Souza? Where was the girlfriend Opie living? Sounds kinky.
They each donated $10,000 to Long and behalf of themselves and their spouses — and then D'Souza repaid them in cash a "one or two days later," Cohen said.
Individual donations are supposed to be capped at $5,000. The two straw donors have given witness statements to the feds, and will also testify against D'Souza at trial, Cohen said.The line to throw D'Souza under the bus is a long one.
D'Souza's high-powered lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he wasn't challenging most of Cohen's facts — but he was challenging her conclusion that what his client did was criminal.
"There was no 'quid pro quo' in this case," Brafman said, and the director "did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever."
"At worse, this was an act of misguided friendship by D'Souza," he said.High-powered doesn't guarantee high value, it seems. Brafman's got nothing.
D’Souza was released on $500,000 bond.Or 100 illegal campaign contributions bond, as D'Souza calls it.
Between the legal fees and fines, D'Souza's