Many lawyers at Hogan Lovells remember the week in 2004 when U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan lost his life to a suicide bomber. Then-Hogan & Hartson attorneys mourned the death because the soldier’s father, Khizr Khan, a Muslim American immigrant, was among their beloved colleagues.
Twelve years later, Khan’s rhetorical scorching of Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention became overnight one of the most memorable moments of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Khan, speaking about his son’s life, cut into Trump’s opposition to Muslim Americans and immigrants.
“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution?” Khan said, pulling a pocket-sized Constitution from his jacket. “I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.”
Khan spent seven years, from 2000 to 2007, in the Washington, D.C., office of then-Hogan & Hartson. He served as the firm’s manager of litigation technology. Although he did not practice law while at Hogan, Khan was well versed in understanding the American courts system. On Thursday night, he described his late son dreaming of becoming a military lawyer.
He also asked Trump to visit Arlington National Cemetery and look at soldiers’ gravestones. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”