Federal prosecutors obviously think former Senator, former VP candidate John Edwards violated campaign finance laws by being complicit in a scheme to funnel $900,000 to his mistress to keep his affair hidden. That’s why he’s now on trial. Now it appears candidate Obama did the same thing.
The Daily Caller reported yesterday, based on excerpts from a new book obtained by the New York Post, that an “ally of then-Senator Barack Obama offered Rev. Jeremiah Wright $150,000 to keep his mouth shut until after the 2008 election.” According to Edward Klein, author of the new book, Wright told him that “[a]fter the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
That’s when Obama himself got involved, Wright said, and made a personal plea to keep Wright out of the spotlight.
“Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, ‘You’re used to coming to my home, you’ve been here countless times, so what’s wrong with coming to my home?’ So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, at South Pleasant Avenue right off 95th Street, just Barack and me. I don’t know if he had a wire on him. His security was outside somewhere.”
…. According to Wright, he also received a short lecture from Obama on the necessity of sometimes stretching the truth.
On one level there’s no surprise here. I doubt there’s anyone in the country who doubts that Obama practices what he preached to his preacher, that he was “stretching the truth” when he denied knowing of Rev. Wright’s racist and anti-American rants. There’s more here, however, than just the expected lying. If what Rev. Wright says in this new book is right, candidate Obama engaged in the very behavior that led his own Justice Dept. to indict John Edwards.