(Washington, D.C.) Newly discovered documents reveal the Reverend Al Sharpton cooperated with the FBI, as well as the New York Police Department, to get dirt on the Genovese crime family.
Sharpton reportedly carried a bugged briefcase to record conversations with mob bosses.
CNN reports Sharpton was approached after he was caught speaking to an undercover agent about drugs, though he did not explicitly offer to arrange a drug deal.
That tape of the drug deal surfaced in 2002 in a HBO show as he was thinking about running for president.
Sharpton has said what he did is being misconstrued, “I did what was right. I did what I was always raised in the values of a praying mother to do,” he said at a news conference in New York. “And I did what I tell kids every day, all over this country what they should do, and that is deal with getting guns and crime out of their community and cooperating with the law.”