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Libya May Figure Prominently in The 2016 Presidential Election

Allegations that presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump worked hard to attract money in business deals from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Quadaffi surfaced in several news reports today. Buzzfeed News posted an article online claiming that the New York City real estate broker actively sought Libyan investors during 2009, even going so far as to rent an estate he owned in Westchester to Colonel Quadaffi. He supposedly tried to make Libya’s ambassador his golfing buddy. A story carrying The Washington Post header entitled “Donald Trump Wanted Moammar Gaddafi’s Money” alleged that during the course of providing a news interview over the weekend Donald Trump admitted renting property to the Libyan leader during 2011 when the dictator visited the United Nations. The article claimed that the real estate mogul had become “just one of many Americans”, including Bernie Madoff, who sought to conduct business with the leader of the North African nation, despite the Quadaffi regime’s reported ties to terrorism. The story claimed diplomatic cables in 2011 had disclosed Madoff’s attempted business dealings.

Democrat Hillary Clinton served as the Secretary of State during 2011, when the Libyan leader perished during an uprising. From late February through October, Qaddafi sought to suppress unrest in a revolt which cost thousands of lives. Mrs. Clinton received criticism in the media when, later, protesters attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and murdered the American ambassador and three others. Some security experts maintained the victims had inadequate security at the time, despite warnings.