COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., August 2, 2016 – What do we know of the formerly obscure lawyer by the name of Khizr Khan? Why was he chosen to deliver a speech denouncing Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention?
The answers to those questions are surprising—and serve as a textbook example of how the left-wing media supports the Democrat Party with their reporting.
Let’s make one thing certain: Khan’s son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, is an authentic American hero, having sacrificed his life in 2004 to save the lives of his comrades and innocent civilians. His death is a terrible tragedy for his family but his death was also a noble one.
But who is the father? It seems in this case the leaf fell far from the family tree.
Political nominating conventions are carefully scripted events designed more as coronations than anything else. The outcome is known. Khizr Khan and his wife were brought onstage to make a point: and that point was that Donald Trump’s wish to “ban Muslim immigration” is wrong.
Except that, as usual, the left has subtly but meaningfully misstated the position of the opposition.
Trump wants to halt Muslim immigration from places like Syria where militant Islamists seek to infiltrate Western countries—at least until we have a process to know who these people are.
He holds this position in part because the Obama administration is bringing in tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims and settling them in secret, not even telling state and local officials what they’re doing. Christians from those countries need not apply.
Khizr Khan and his family are from Pakistan, not the Middle East.
We don’t know how Khan arrived in the U.S. but we do know that he lived in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia before coming here.
Khizr Muazzam Khan graduated from Punjab University Law College. He specialized in International Trade Law in Saudi Arabia, a lawyer for OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, an intergovernmental oil company consisting of mainly Islamic countries. Pretty tame stuff.
He also has an interest in sharia law: He was a co-founder of the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law (Islamic Sharia). In an essay on sharia law, he records his appreciation for an icon of the Muslim Brotherhood, Said Ramadan, as inspiration for his work.
“All other juridical works which have been written during more than thirteen centuries are very rich and indispensable, but they must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah and open to reconsideration by all Muslims.”
That “reconsideration” would include the copy of the U.S. Constitution he waved during his speech.
What does he do for a living now?
He runs a law office in New York called the KM Khan Law Office. His advertised area of expertise is legal services for Muslim immigration assistance. Might he have an axe to grind with Trump’s proposed policy?
The exact services he provides are the relatively obscure E-2 and EB-5 programs: “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.
His office phone, according to one reporter who tried to reach him, has a Washington, D.C. area code. Strange, until you find that he has worked for the law firm Hogan, Hartson, Lovells LLP, one of the lobbying entities for Saudi affairs in Washington DC. The firm also has ties to the Clinton Foundation.
The Washington Free Beacon first 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.
Robert Kyle, a lobbyist from the firm, has bundled $50,850 for Clinton’s campaign. 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.
It should be pretty clear by now why, of all the families who have lost sons or daughters in the wars against Islamic jihad, the Clinton campaign chose Khizr Khan to speak. He is not just some arbitrary Muslim voice called upon randomly.
He is a lobbyist working for a law firm that represents Saudi Arabia and who is a proponent of Sharia law. While his son was a true American patriot, it is not clear whether you can provide the same label to his parents.
You won’t find this information in the mainstream press. CNN ran a piece today that marveled that we were still talking about his speech today—almost a week after he gave it. Well, yes, CNN is still talking about it. That’s what the left-wing media do: dutifully report a story the Democrats start, then report about the reporting, then interview each other about it; in short, anything to keep the momentum going.
In the same article, CNN purports to tell you who Khizr Khan is. They tell you he was born in Pakistan, about his law degrees…and then they jump to his status as a grieving parent.
Not only won’t you find these details in the left-wing press, you won’t even find his law firm’s website any more: he just deleted it and along with it all references to the EB-5 program. Unfortunately for him, as his friend Hillary found out with her email server, electronic records have a way of hanging around.
Remember that phone number with the D.C. area code? It is also the phone number of a group called American Muslims Vote. The website is pretty basic—that’s probably because the domain name was just registered on July 23, 2016…by one Khizr Khan.
You can’t make this stuff up.
CNN didn’t report this information; Breitbart, American Thinker and other sources did. Propaganda works best when there is a single source of information.