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Democratic Senate Candidate Promoted Appearance of Lawyer Convicted of Helping Terrorists

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema reportedly promoted appearances in 2003 by an attorney who was then under indictment and later convicted of providing “material support” for terrorists.

Sinema is currently in a tight race with GOP Congresswoman Martha McSally to fill the seat currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review that attorney Lynne Stewart was his main adversary representing Omar Abdel Rahman, better known as the Blind Sheikh, in a criminal case involving the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Rahman was convicted of orchestrating the bombing that killed six people, including five Port Authority employees and a businessman. McCarthy also secured convictions against the Blind Sheikh on an unsuccessful plot to bomb other New York City landmarks, and for soliciting attacks on military installations.

Rahman was sentenced to life in prison.

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Stewart herself was later convicted of aiding Rahman to pass secret messages from the prisoner to the Islamic Group, an Egyptian terrorist organization he founded.

While Stewart was under criminal indictment in 2003, Sinema urged people in what Fox News described as a “now-closed Yahoo group” to attend two events where the controversial attorney was scheduled to speak.

“Prior to September 11th and the hastily enacted ‘Patriot Act,’ Lynne Stewart never would have been indicted at all,” the invite posted by Sinema read, according to Fox.

Stewart was eventually convicted and sentenced to 28 months in prison, but resentenced in 2010 to 10 years because the judge determined she committed perjury and lacked remorse after her first sentencing.

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The attorney was released in 2013 for health reasons and died in 2017.

The Hill reported that Sinema, 42, helped organize the Arizona Alliance for Peaceful Justice in the wake of 9/11.

The group labeled military action “an inappropriate response to terrorism” and advocated for using the legal system to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.

Sinema engaged in war protests, which became the subject of one of McSally’s campaign ads, arguing the choice was between a patriot and a protester.

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At a debate between the candidates on Tuesday, McSally, who served as a fighter pilot in Afghanistan following 9/11, called on Sinema to apologize to her and fellow veterans for saying in a 2003 radio interview it was OK for an American to join the Taliban.

Sinema was asked about the Taliban comment by The Arizona Republic’s editorial board in an exchange published on Thursday.

“That was an offhand comment to direct the conversation back to what I wanted to talk about, which was my concerns around (the Afghanistan) war,” she said. “I think it is not appropriate to conflate opposing a war with opposing troops.”

Sinema said she still opposes the war in Afghanistan.

After trailing Sinema in polling for months, McSally has moved into a less than one percent lead in the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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