Dinesh D'Souza: GOP lawmaker told me what's in my FBI file

Dinesh D'Souza: GOP lawmaker told me what's in my FBI file
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Conservative commentator Dinseh D’Souza said Friday that Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats sense opportunity with SCOTUS vacancy Broward County Sheriff sacks deputy union head amid COVID-19 dispute Biden leading Trump, DeSantis by similar margins in new poll MORE (R-Fla.) revealed to him the contents of his FBI file.

D’Souza said on C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal" that DeSantis called him after the lawmaker received a redacted version of the FBI file through a congressional inquiry.

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“Finally they gave the congressional committee the redacted file, and a congressman who saw that file called me,” D’Souza said. “And he goes, ‘No. 1, your case is a $20,000 violation, but the FBI immediately assigned $100,000 to investigate your case.’ He said that’s extremely abnormal.”

D’Souza then said DeSantis was the lawmaker who called him.

DeSantis' spokeswoman Elizabeth Dillon said in an email to The Hill that DeSantis had looked into D'Souza's prosecution over concerns it was politically motivated, and that the lawmaker "believes the pardon of D'Souza was justified."

The three-term congressman, a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down Billionaire GOP donor maxed out to Manchin following his Build Back Better opposition MORE, is a GOP candidate in Florida's gubernatorial race. He faces state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Republican primary later this month.

Trump repeated his endorsement of DeSantis at a rally this week.

D’Souza also said on C-SPAN that his FBI file states “red-flagged, ‘Dinesh is a right-wing conservative.’”

“See, that shouldn’t be in my file because the whole point is that people who violate the law should be treated the same, the politics are irrelevant,” D'Souza said. “The reason the FBI put that in there is to alert the Justice Department: Hey this is a guy you may want to go after.”

Trump pardoned D’Souza in May after the commentator pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign contributions. The president said D’Souza was treated “very unfairly by our government.”

D'Souza says he was targeted by the Obama administration over his political views.

-- Updated 3:13 p.m.