NBC News is reporting that an informal foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama has cut ties with the campaign after reports of him meeting with members of the terrorist group Hamas.
Robert Malley, a former Clinton administration officials, held the meetings as part of his job with the International Crisis Group in the Middle East.
But Obama has been squabbling with Republican John McCain over Hamas. On Thursday, Obama accused McCain of trying to smear him by suggesting that Hamas wants him to win the presidency.
Malley told NBC that he was becoming a "distraction" so he thought it best to disassociate himself from the Obama campaign.
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