Filed in the ‘just sayin’ category.
By Leo Hohmann
Shariah law is like a mysterious “other” for most Westerners, who may know of its intolerance of other religions and its criminal codes that call for stoning adulterers and the cutting off of limbs for petty thieves.
But few know there is a portion of Shariah that includes a thriving area of finance — deals for real estate and business transactions taking place all over the world with Arab money.
President Donald Trump’s pick to head the FBI, Christopher Wray, surely knows something about this segment of Shariah.
Wray is a litigation partner at King & Spalding, which is one of the leading conduits for Shariah-compliant Islamic deal-making around the world. The firm prides itself in its connections to wealthy Middle Eastern investment groups.
According to its website, King & Spalding is a global leader in Islamic finance and investment. It was one of the first American law firms to aid Islamic investors in accumulating assets in the West.
The King & Spalding website states:
“Our work in the Middle East and our experience with Islamic finance date back to the early 1980s. In 1995, we were the first law firm to establish a dedicated Islamic finance and investment practice group. Our award-winning group has been successful in developing the legal architecture needed by our clients to break new ground in this specialized field. We are the only law firm with recognized experience and the depth to structure and implement sophisticated Shari’ah-compliant investment and financing transactions in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.”
Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 as a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices.
King & Spalding states on its website that it employs many people skilled in complying with the special nuances of Islamic law, which is based on the Quran and the Sunna.
“Our offices in these jurisdictions are staffed with an integrated group of 30 professionals who are dedicated to Islamic finance and investment, and they are supported by an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers located in 13 offices,” the law firm’s website states.
In 2004, King & Spalding was recognized by Euromoney as “Best Legal Advisors in Islamic Finance,” the first such award presented by any publication or group, “and since then we have remained at the forefront of this specialized practice area.”
Depending on who his clients are, Wray could have potential conflicts of interest.
Philip Haney, a former DHS immigration officer who co-authored the book “See Something Say Nothing,” said he has concerns about Wray’s ties to a law firm that assists Islamic real estate and business deals, but he said he would want to know about Wray’s involvement in this part of the law firm’s business before rushing to judgment.
“One-eighth of Muslim zakat [alms giving] goes to jihad,” Haney said.
Wray did not return WND’s call on Thursday.
Read it all. Is a lawyer focused on white collar crime the best choice to lead the FBI at this time?
Separately, one of Trump’s other picks to lead the FBI is John Pistole – who lead Obama’s FBI outreach to all the Hamas-linked U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
Pistole oversaw the bureau’s outreach program to American Muslim organizations blossom. The organizations to which the FBI reached out were all Hamas fronts, Hamas support entities or fronts for the root organization of the global jihad: the Muslim Brotherhood. They included the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) among others.
Not only did Mr. Pistole fail aggressively to seek to target these groups investigatively, he sought their approval.