Former Obama intelligence official helps secure bail for Molotov cocktail-throwing NYC lawyer

Former Obama intelligence official helps secure bail for Molotov cocktail-throwing NYC lawyer
Colinford Mattis (left), Urooj Rahman (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – How shocked are you?]

A former Obama administration intelligence official who worked in both the Departments of State and Defense has guaranteed bail for a human rights lawyer accused of firebombing a police vehicle in New York City.

The former official, Salmah Rizvi, told a judge the alleged firebomber is her “best friend.” Rizvi, now an attorney at the D.C.-based law firm Ropes & Gray, helped secure the release of fellow lawyer Urooj Rahman by agreeing to be a suretor for her bail. That means Rizvi is liable for the full cost of the $250,000 bail if Rahman fails to obey the court’s orders.

Rahman was released to home confinement over the objections of government attorneys after her arrest on Saturday for throwing a lit Molotov cocktail through the window of an NYPD vehicle.

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