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Jeremiah Wright Claims Obama Campaign Bribed Him To Keep Quiet

Jeremiah Wright Claims Obama Campaign Bribed Him To Keep Quiet
5/14/2012 4:28 PM ET

News broke Monday of Reverend Jeremiah Wright claiming he was offered a $150,000 bribe by the Obama campaign in 2008 to keep quiet.

Wright discussed the alleged bribe in an interview with Edward Klein, the author of an unauthorized biography on Barack Obama, "The Amateur."

Wright is widely known as the Obama's former pastor in Chicago who used foul language and cursed America during his Sunday sermons. Videos of the sermons surfaced during the Iowa primaries, almost costing Obama the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

One of Wright's most incriminating sermons to surface during the 2008 campaign was one in which Wright said the 9/11 attacks were "America's chickens coming home to roost."

Obama was forced to publicly renounce the sermons. However, Wright is saying there was more to the story.

In an interview with Klein relayed by the New York Post, Wright said Obama arranged a meeting with him and said, "I really wish you wouldn't do any more public speaking until after the November election....I wish you wouldn't speak. It's gonna hurt the campaign if you do that."

Wright claimed one of the church members was instructed to give him an email from "one of Obama's closest friends" offering $150,000 in hush money.

Jeremiah Wright is the retired pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. There has been no official response given by the Obama re-election campaign.

by RTT Staff Writer

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