Saturday, July 11, 2020

Obama-Era Official Secures Release of Lawyer Suspected in Molotov Cocktail Attack

A high-level Obama-era intelligence official has secured bail for a lawyer the New York City Police Department accused of hurling a molotov cocktail at an unoccupied NYPD cruiser.

Bail was set at $250,000.

Fox News’ Gregg Re reports:

The Washington Free Beacon first reported that Salmah Rizvi, who served in the Defense Department and State Department during the Obama administration, went to bat for Urooj Rahman, who was arrested this weekend alongside Pryor Cashman associate Colinford Mattis.

Rizvi, an associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray, told the court: “Urooj Rahman is my best friend and I am an associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C. … I earn $255,000 a year.”

The Free Beacon noted that, according to her biography at the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Rizvi’s “high-value work would often inform the president’s daily briefs.” Rizvi’s biography on Ropes & Gray’s website states that she was an analyst “focusing primarily on sanctioned finance operations.”

Rizvi also received a scholarship supported by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a radical anti-Israel group, and was a fellow at a legal organization that supports boycotting Israel. In 2009, the FBI severed its once-close ties to CAIR amid mounting evidence that the group had links to a support network for Hamas.

Both Rahman and Mattis face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.

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