In the midst of an anti-Semitism controversy, Obama privately lobbied on Harvard President Claudine Gay’s behalf: Report

Former President Barack Obama defended Harvard President Claudine Gay in the aftermath of her anti-Semitism testimony before Congress. According to a confidential source familiar with the situation, Obama, a Harvard graduate, privately lobbied on Gay’s behalf following her congressional appearance about antisemitism and threats against Jewish students on the Ivy League campus.

“It sounded like people were being asked to close ranks in order to keep the broader administration stable—including its composition,” a source close to Obama said of his involvement.

Gay testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in early December, where she was asked whether calling for the genocide of Jews on campus violates the university’s bullying and harassment policies.