NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton opened his annual civil rights conference Wednesday, which President Barack Obama plans to attend, amid revelations about his cooperation with the FBI in a 1980s mob investigation.
Sharpton acknowledged Tuesday that he helped the feds investigate New York Mafia figures, even making secret recordings that appeared to help bring down a mob boss. The cooperation, revealed Monday in a story on The Smoking Gun website, came at an awkward time for Sharpton, as he presides over the National Action Network conference.
Obama, who has appeared at the conference in previous years, is to deliver its keynote address on Friday.