Via Newsbusters:

MSNBC host Al Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at the Council on American-Islamic Relations’s (CAIR) 20th anniversary banquet on Saturday. Sharpton, who is President Obama’s “go-to man on race,” and who claims to be helping the White House pick outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s successor, will be a guest of honor of the group, which was listed as a co-conspirator in a criminal case against an Islamic charity that raised millions for Hamas.

Back in January 2009, shortly after the President’s first inauguration, the FBI severed ties with CAIR “in the wake of a 15-year…investigation that culminated with the conviction in December [2008] of Hamas fundraisers at a trial where CAIR itself was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator,” according to a report at the time by Fox News’s Joseph Abrams. The correspondent noted that “CAIR’s executive director, Nihad Awad…was shown to have participated in planning meetings with the Holy Land Foundation, five officials of which were convicted in December of funneling $12.4 million to Hamas.”

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