NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rev. Al Sharpton calls a report that he acted as a confidential informant for the FBI and helped take down members of the Genovese crime family a “recycled” story that exaggerates his role.
The Smoking Gun reported Monday that Sharpton recorded conversations with members of the mob using a bugged briefcase. While the allegations are not exactly new, the website said it obtained hundreds of pages of documents, including secret court filings and FBI memos, that prove the civil rights leader assisted for four years with a joint FBI-NYPD investigation.
Sharpton, however, told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb that he only asked the FBI to investigate the crime family after receiving threats, and to label him a confidential informant is “absurd.”