In 2008, Hillary Clinton called Sheldon Silver “a stalwart voice on behalf of the needs of New Yorkers.” But on Monday, the disgraced New York state representative was found guilty in a federal corruption sweep.
The former Speaker of the New York State Assembly was charged with seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering was found guilty on all charges.
In 2000, Silver played a key roll in Clinton’s senatorial campaign where he helped lobby members of the Assembly for their support of Clinton. The New York Times reported that in 2000 Clinton used Silver’s law offices to lobby Assemblyman Dov Hikind in what was described as “an emotional two-hour session.”
In 2013, a New York ethics report criticized Silver for covering up accusations of sexual harassment against Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez.
In Silver’s federal corruption trial, the Feds showed that Silver arranged a scheme where he received $4 million in illegal payments for taking official actions that benefited cancer researcher, Dr. Robert N. Taub, of Columbia University, and two New York real estate development firms.
Evidence pointed that Silver orchestrated the New York State Health Department to grant Dr. Taub $500,000 to study mesothelioma in return for Dr. Taub to refer patients to the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, which in turn gave money to Silver.
In 2008, Clinton at the Democratic National Convention New York Delegation Breakfast praised Silver during his introduction for being a “stalwart voice on behalf of the needs of New Yorkers.”