U.S. Senate hopeful Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) promoted events at Arizona State University featuring a lawyer convicted for aiding an Islamic terrorist group.
Per Fox News:
Sinema, a co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart, both in 2003.
At the time of the invite, Stewart had been charged with helping her former client Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Egyptian spiritual leader of a terror group, to pass on secret messages to his followers to commit terror attacks.
Rahman was a former client of Stewart’s who was charged and sentenced to life in the 1990s for plotting to blow up the United Nations, an FBI building, two tunnels, and a bridge in New York City.
In the first event’s invite, Sinema said the lawyer was “emphatically not guilty” and would not have been charged with the crime if it weren’t for “the hastily enacted PATRIOT Act,” that expanded the U.S. government’s power to surveil people and thus catch Stewart passing on the messages in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Sinema is running a competitive race against Republican representative Martha McSally in Arizona. Prognosticators consider the race a toss-up.
The latest poll has McSally up six points, a possible sign of improving GOP fortunes post-Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. However, Sinema raised nearly $7 million in the third fundraising quarter of the year – shattering her previous records.