Update: Sharpton is in a huff. I know: When is he not?
Brian Maloney reports that radio talkers are ready to let loose on the racial demagogue. Have at it!
Al Sharpton has gotten away with so much for so long, I’m skeptical anything will come of the feds’ investigation of his financial shenanigans. So manage your expectations. The NY Daily News has details of the FBI’s 6:30am wake-up call for Sharpton’s aides and cronies. I don’t want to know what Al Sharpton looks like at 6:30am in the morning. Blech:
Teams of federal agents swooped down on up to 10 close associates of the Rev. Al Sharpton Wednesday, demanding the flamboyant clergyman’s financial records since 2001.
Sharpton’s former chief of staff said he was roused at his Harlem home about 6:30 a.m. by two FBI agents who handed him a subpoena to bring the records to a federal grand jury the day after Christmas.
Several employees of Sharpton’s National Action Network also got wakeup subpoenas to testify before the Brooklyn panel, the rabble-rousing reverend’s lawyer said.
The FBI and IRS are investigating whether Sharpton improperly misstated the amount of money he raised during his 2004 White House run to illegally obtain federal matching funds, a source familiar with the probe said.
Sharpton, although forced to return $100,000 in matching taxpayer funds after an investigation two years ago, denied any wrongdoing at the time.
The feds are also looking into allegations of tax fraud, including whether Sharpton commingled funds from his nonprofit National Action Network with several of his for-profit ventures, the source said.
Lawyer Michael Hardy shrugged off the probe, which sought a vast array of business, political and personal records, as a federal fishing expedition.
“I can’t think of a time when the Rev. Sharpton wasn’t under investigation,” he said.
Betsy Newmark: “How ironic it would be if it was his ambition to be the head demagogue on racial justice by running for president that served to finally bring him down.”