A political photographer and journalist released a bombshell photograph this week, showing former President Barack Obama posing with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan; revealing that the image was kept hidden in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.
Photojournalist Askia Muhammad unveiled the controversial photo on Friday, saying he believes the image “absolutely would have made a difference” in Obama’s race for the White House against Senator John McCain.
The image was taken in 2005 at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting at the United States Capitol, and depicts then-Senator Obama smiling aside the controversial Muslim leader.
Muhammad tells Fox News the Congressional Black Caucus contacted him the same day he took the photograph, urging him to conceal the image fearing a political fall-out against the up-and-coming Senator from Illinois.
“A staff member from the black caucus called me and said, ‘We have to have the picture back,’ and I was kind of taken aback. And we talked a couple of times on the phone after that, and I said ‘Okay, I will give the picture back to Minister Farrakhan’s chief of staff,’” Muhammad said.
“I gave the original disk to him and in a sense swore myself to secrecy because I had quietly made a copy for myself,” he added. “It’s my picture, it’s my art, and it’s my intellectual property. I owned it and I wanted to keep it.”
BARACK STRIKES BACK: Obama Jumps into Alabama Senate Race, RIPS Roy Moore
Former President Barack Obama waded into Alabama’s special election race on Monday, blasting GOP nominee Roy Moore in a series of recorded phone messages that urged residents to “get out and vote” for Democrat Doug Jones.
“Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress,” says the former President. “Doug will be our champion for justice. So, get out and vote, Alabama.”
“This one’s serious,” Obama adds. “You can’t sit it out.”
President Donald Trump recorded a similar message last week, imploring GOP supports to help send Roy Moore to the United States Congress; adding that the last thing Alabama residents want is Doug Jones representing them in the US Senate.
“We need Roy voting for us,” Trump says in the recording. “I am stopping illegal immigration and crime. We’re building a stronger military and protecting the Second Amendment and our pro-life values. But if Alabama elects liberal Democrat Doug Jones, all of our progress will be stopped cold. We already know Democrat Doug Jones is a puppet of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and he will vote with the Washington liberals every single time.”
Embattled GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore is behind in recent polling, following weeks of controversies surrounding his candidacy. Last month, multiple women came forward and acused the Alabama judge of inappropriate sexual relationships while the women were teenagers nearly 40 years ago.
BOMBSHELL: Obama Admin Spied on Trump Campaign Chairman During Election
Former chairman of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort was wiretapped by federal investigators before, during, and after the 2016 general election; fueling speculation that private conversations between President Trump and senior aides was intercepted by Obama officials prior to his inauguration.
According to Fox News, the wiretapping was authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 2014 as part of an ongoing FBI investigation over Manafort’s financial ties to Russia and Ukrainian officials.
The initial order expired in 2016 but was extended to early 2017.
Paul Manafort is a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into allegations that Russian officials meddled in the US presidential election on behalf of the Trump campaign.
His home in northern Virginia was raided by FBI officials in July.
The revelation that the federal government wiretapped senior Trump aides vindicates comments made by the President earlier this year, claiming that Obama officials had been listening to his private conversations.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” tweeted the President in March.