Attorneys accused of firebombing New York Police vehicle donated to Bernie Sanders, FEC records show

By Peter Hasson

Two attorneys accused of firebombing a New York City Police Department (NYPD) vehicle both donated to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis, the two attorneys, were both repeat donors to Sanders’s campaign, according to FEC records, which show that Mattis also donated to Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer’s 2020 presidential campaign.

Rahman and Mattis “were arrested in a van early Saturday morning while allegedly in possession of explosive device components shortly after Rahman hurled a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle before fleeing with Mattis,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced in a May 31 press release.

Prosecutors wrote in their latest filings that Mattis and Rahman “were caught on camera firebombing an NYPD vehicle,” Gothamist reported on Tuesday.

“No rational human being can ever believe that hurling firebombs at police officers and vehicles is justified,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said when announcing the charges.

Both Rahman and Mattis donated to Sanders’s presidential campaign through Democratic fundraising hub ActBlue, FEC records show.

Mattis made small-dollar donations to ActBlue 21 times in 2019 and 2020, FEC records show. Seven of those donations were earmarked to go to Sanders’s campaign through ActBlue, and one was earmarked for Steyer’s campaign.

Rahman made a handful of small-dollar donations as well, giving Sanders’s campaign a little over eight dollars through ActBlue, according to the records.

Sanders’s Senate office didn’t return a request for comment. Steyer didn’t return a request for comment through his political organization.

The alleged firebombing attempt took place amid widespread violence and looting in response to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, according to video from the scene.

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9 thoughts on “Attorneys accused of firebombing New York Police vehicle donated to Bernie Sanders, FEC records show

  1. Terrorist wing of Comrade Bernard’s Communist Partiers employed George Soros-bankrolled Antifa thugs now busily causing murder and mayhem by staging their continuing campaign to destroy the US. After coopting BLM repeat the procedure currently staging criminal crusade inside peaceful protests of police brutality against the black community:
    Project Veritas INFILTRATES ANTIFA: “Practice things like an eye gouge…injure someone’s eyes”
    Published on Jun 4, 2020

  2. If you have been following all the ” Riots ” not protest, you’ll notice they are
    all liberal snowflakes, they crawled out of there parents basement to make
    a statement…….. pack of fool looking for five minutes of fame !!
    So it’s no surprise a ” Bernie Bro ” was caught up in the nonsense…………

    The cops that killed George Floyd are behind bars and will be for a long time,
    If you want to weed out the bad cops, see who’s running the police union and
    see what they are covering up.

    Peaceful protest, knock yourself out !! If you riot and cause devastation to any
    business or any person…….. well you need to be in jail with the cops.

  3. It does not seem accurate to state that the “widespread violence and looting in response to the death of George Floyd” Clearly, the demonstrations of people are a response to the death of George Floyd by a police officer, but the “widespread violence and looting” has been done by anti-capitalist, anti-free-market and anti-American socialists who could care less about anyone’s life, including Mr. Floyd. They are simply doing what they always so by trying to hijack a legitimate concern to push their destructive ideas and agenda.

    • Wonder if these 2 radicals are representative of Bernie’s vision for America? If these thugs want change, I remind them that there a biannual process called ELECTIONS!!! If you do not like the current system and there are a majority of like minded folks out there, you can have your “change” . In the mean time behave yourselves and act like civilized human beings.

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