On Friday, I recapped the indirect, yet controversial, exchange between Khzir Khan and Donald Trump.
A featured speaker at the DNC at the end of July, Khan sharply criticised Trump on Muslim immigration. Trump politely responded on news shows and Twitter.
The MSM thought this was terrible, as the Khans are a Gold Star military family. Their son Humayun became a captain in the US Army and was killed in 2004 in Iraq when he was investigating a car fitted with an explosive device.
Americans can be grateful for his honourable and courageous service.
However, the narrative of nasty Trump attacking a Gold Star family resonated around the world. No one in MSM looked into Khan’s law work in the US.
However, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller and the Free Beacon did.
After their revelations appeared, Khan had his law firm’s website deleted and asked to be left out of the spotlight.
Before we get there, this is what investigative journalists found.
On August 1, Breitbart‘s Matthew Boyle filed an extensive report on Khan’s ties not only to the Clinton Foundation but also to Saudi Arabia. Please take the time to read it in full.
Boyle carefully went over what other news sites had discovered. This involves not only Khan but also Hillary Clinton and at least one other person currently in the US government.
Brief excerpts follow, emphases mine.
Khan, according to Intelius as also reported by Walid Shoebat, used to work at the law firm Hogan Lovells, LLP, a major D.C. law firm that has been on retainer as the law firm representing the government of Saudi Arabia in the United States for years. Citing federal government disclosure forms, the Washington Free Beacon reported the connection between Saudi Arabia and Hogan Lovells a couple weeks ago.
“Hogan Lovells LLP, another U.S. firm hired by the Saudis, is registered to work for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia through 2016, disclosures show,” Joe Schoffstall of the Free Beacon reported.
The federal form filed with the Department of Justice is a requirement under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, which makes lobbyists and lawyers working on behalf of foreign governments and other agents from abroad with interests in the United States register with the federal government.
The government of Saudi Arabia, of course, has donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given between $10 and $25 million to the foundation while Friends of Saudi Arabia has contributed between $1 and $5 million,” Schoffstall wrote.
Trump, of course, has called on Hillary Clinton to have the Clinton Foundation return the money …
Khan’s connections with the Hogan Lovells firm run deep, according to a report from Law.com written by Katelyn Polantz …
According to what she discovered, Khan worked there between 2000 and 2007.
Interestingly, the law firm — now Hogan Lovells — also handles the Clintons’ taxes and has a link to the handling of the infamous classified emails.
For her private email system, Clinton used a spam filtering program MX Logic:
“Hogan & Hartson handled the patent for MX Logic’s email-filtering program, which McAfee bought the small company for $140 million in 2009 in order to acquire,” [Breitbart‘s Patrick] Howley wrote. “… Hogan & Hartson has been responsible for MX Logic annual reports. The email company’s Clinton links present more evidence that Clinton’s political and legal establishment was monitoring her private email use.”
Another Hogan & Hartson employee was none other than:
Loretta Lynch, the current Attorney General of the United States. Lynch infamously just a few weeks ago met with Bill Clinton, Hillary’s husband and the former president, on her private jet in Phoenix just before clearing Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing when it came to her illicit private email server system.
Also on August 1, the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard told us more about Khan’s law firm:
Khizr M. Khan’s website notes that he works to help clients with the E-2 and EB-5 programs that let overseas investors buy into U.S. companies and also provides green cards for family members.
It also said that he helps in the purchase of U.S. real estate and businesses. The website lists his ability to practice in New York, though it gives a Washington phone number for the lawyer who lives in Virginia. A man who answered the phone said the website was correct, though he would not identify himself.
“The E-2 and EB-5 are two of the most notoriously abused visa categories that essentially allow wealthy foreigners to buy their way to U.S. residency, and possibly citizenship, with a relatively modest investment,” said Jessica Vaughan, the policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies.
The Breitbart article stated:
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee, has detailed how the EB5 immigration program is “riddled with flaws and corruption.”
Among the numerous problems are lack of verifiable jobs, inadequate vetting of investment funds, the acceptance of gifts and loans from foreign sources — and visas being granted without proper security checks:
… according to Sen. Grassley, there have been serious national security violations in connection with the EB5 program that Khan works in and around already. In fact, the program—according to Grassley—was used by Middle Eastern operatives from Iran to attempt to illicitly enter the United States.
Later on August 1, Breitbart‘s Boyle reported what the MSM’s reaction when this information was posted online:
Mainstream media figures from the New York Times to the Huffington Post to CNN are apoplectic Monday as their latest attack on Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has crumbled yet again under the slightest bit of scrutiny …
All of this information was publicly available, and accessible to anyone—including any of these reporters, and Breitbart News—with a basic Google search. Anyone interested in doing research about the subjects they are reporting on—otherwise known as responsible journalism—would have checked into these matters. But clearly, none in the mainstream media did—probably because, as Fox News’ Chad Pergram noted, Democrats “sense blood in the water over” the whole Khan controversy …
A CNN spokeswoman referred Breitbart News to [host Kate] Bolduan’s personal spokesman when sent a list of detailed questions on the matter. That spokesman has not replied to Breitbart News’ detailed questions by press time …
Meanwhile, hours after Breitbart News presented this information publicly in a coherent report on Monday, others in media engaged in willful distortion of the story’s origins.
New York Times reporter Nick Confessore, at 3:25 p.m. ET on Monday, Tweeted out a link to the Bretibart News report with this commentary attached to his link to Breitbart News: “First oppo dump on the Khans.”
Less than three minutes later, Huffington Post politics editor Sam Stein Tweeted out a link also using the phrase “oppo dump.”
“And, the predictably gross oppo dump on the Kahn family has begun,” Stein Tweeted with a link to the Breitbart News report. “again, their kid DIED fighting for America.”
True, but that does not mean his father should not be looked into more closely.
Readers might be unfamiliar with the term ‘oppo dump’. It means:
opposition research provided to a media outlet by a campaign or political operative. Said research is usually negative facts, provided to put together a counter-narrative in the media more beneficial to the provider’s cause.
Yet, the Trump campaign did not supply this information:
the idea that this was somehow an “oppo dump” from Trump’s campaign or anyone else for that matter is not just silly, it’s untrue.
The NYT‘s Confessore later backed off:
“I was just joking! It’s like no one in the media knows sarcasm when they see it anymore,” the New York Times’ Confessore said in an email to Breitbart News.
Confessore did not answer any of the questions Breitbart sent to him about their non-research of Khan’s work.
Huffington Post also declined to answer a similar set of questions. Breitbart‘s Boyle pointed out:
the Huffington Post, includes a disclaimer on every article about Trump labeling him a racist–and the progressive media service is outwardly in favor of Clinton over Trump in November, plainly stating it does not want Trump to win.
Boyle posits why these journalists and many others go to extreme lengths to keep trashing Trump:
Perhaps it’s because there’s nothing else they can use to sell voters on Clinton. So all they’ve got left in the toolbox is to try to trash Trump–a tactic that didn’t work before as Republican after Republican failed …
On August 2, another Breitbart report revealed that constitution-loving Khizr Khan from the DNC supports sharia law over ‘man-made’ Western law.
The article discusses Khan’s writings from 1983. First, a mention of a book review of his about Dr. A.K. Brohi, former Pakistani minister of legal and religious affairs:
“The keynote speech of Dr. A.K. Brohi, former Pakistani minister of legal and religious affairs, is a hallmark in this book,” Khan writes. “It successfully explains the Islamic concepts of ‘right’ and ‘just’ in comparison to their Christian and Judaic counterparts.”
Adds Khan: “Brohi argues convincingly for the establishment of a moral value system before guarantees can be given for any kind of rights. To illustrate the point he notes, ‘There is no such thing as human right in the abstract.’”
In other words, Khan concurs that human rights can only be guaranteed through the establishment of Sharia’s moral and legal code.
That same year Khan wrote:
a separate academic paper titled “Juristic Classification of Islamic Law,” which he also wrote in 1983, while studying in Saudi Arabia.
“The invariable and basic rules of Islamic law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah,” Khan writes. “All other juridical works… must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah.”
Thirty years later, and American citizen Khan’s papers are still cited — even in the United States:
Though described by the Clinton camp and media as a “Pakistani-American lawyer,” less known is Khan’s an acknowledged expert on Sharia law doctrine. His 13-page article, which was published in the Houston Journal of International Law, has been cited in dozens of Islamic law articles and has been used in college syllabi for Islamic law courses as recently as 2013.
Has he changed his mind since becoming an American citizen? Breitbart could not find any evidence that he has:
Searches turn up no subsequent writings or statements to that effect. Attempts to reach Khan by phone and email were unsuccessful.
Recall that Khan attacked Trump verbally at the DNC about the constitution:
Khan questioned Trump’s understanding of the Constitution, calling him “ignorant” and suggesting that if he had studied it he would never propose imposing a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to protect the nation from ISIS and other terrorist infiltrators.
“Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” a visibly angry Khan bellowed, while waving a pamphlet version in the air.
We were led to believe that Khan carries a copy around in his breast pocket.
On August 1, Khan asked to be left ‘out of the spotlight’. The Daily Caller had the story.
With his veiled, silent wife once again by his side — as she was during his DNC speech — Khan told CNN and other news outlets:
he wants to be “out of this controversy.”
He started it. Trump has said time and time again that anyone who goes after him will be rebutted. Trump prides himself on not attacking anyone first. Having watched him through primary season, this is true. However, attack him and he will counter-attack.
In what was thought to have been Khan’s final television appearance on the matter, CNN’s John Berman explained to him:
that “since you have exercised your First Amendment rights, you’re now fair game. It is now fair game for Donald Trump to talk about you and his supporters to talk about you. You spoke at the Democratic Convention, which is a political platform.”
Absolutely. Don’t forget that Hillary and her acolytes have been verbally going after Patricia Smith who spoke at the Republican National Convention about her son Sean who died during Benghazi — and long before the RNC.
On August 2, Khan suddenly had his law firm’s website deleted.
Breitbart‘s Boyle was once again on the case:
This development is significant, as his website proved—as Breitbart News and others have reported—that he financially benefits from unfettered pay-to-play Muslim migration into America.
A snapshot of his now deleted website, as captured by the Wayback Machine which takes snapshots archiving various websites on the Internet, shows that as a lawyer he engages in procurement of EB5 immigration visas and other “Related Immigration Services.”
The website is completely removed from the Internet, and instead directs visitors to the URL at which it once was to a page parking the URL run by GoDaddy …
What’s perhaps interesting is that also on this website that he has now deleted, Khan revealed that he spent nearly a decade working for the mega-D.C. law firm Hogan & Hartson—now Hogan Lovells LLP—which connects him directly with the government of Saudi Arabia and the Clintons themselves.
On August 6, Khan, the man who wanted to be ‘out of this controversy’, couldn’t stay away from CNN. They published an op-ed of his saying ‘America is already great’. Once again, he mentions Donald Trump.
For a week now, everyone has been piling on Trump over this, including French president François Hollande:
“His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when – as was Donald Trump’s case – he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier,” he said, referring to Trump’s highly controversial comments in recent days about captain Humayun Khan, a US Muslim soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.
Except Trump never said anything about the late Capt Khan outside of calling him a ‘hero’. Nothing else. You can click on the link following Hollande’s statement and still not find any Trump comment about the US Army captain.
In conclusion, may I remind everyone to not accept MSM news as read or heard. Check out other news sources.
All of us are online. It only takes a quick search to find the truth.