Read the news article to get the background, then read her letter. via Bachmann sends Ellison letter in response to Muslim Brotherhood comments | St. Cloud TIMES | sctimes.com.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is asking how a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got security clearance given what Bachmann describes as the aide’s family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
Bachmann also says an investigation of “potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration” of President Barack Obama’s administration is needed because of interactions between federal agencies and what she calls U.S. front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist group that recently came to power in Egypt.
The comments come in Bachmann’s new response to U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s call for Bachmann to back up the information on which she based a request for federal investigations into whether the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government.
Ellison, DFL-Minneapolis, wrote Bachmann and four other lawmakers last week asking them to name their sources for similar claims on which they based their June 13 call for the investigation.
Bachmann, R-Stillwater, responded Friday with a 16-page, 59-footnote letter to Ellison. The letter contains additional details about the June 13 allegations made by Bachmann and Reps. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Thomas Rooney, R-Fla., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.
Bachmann’s letter also raises new questions about the Obama administration’s actions since that call for an investigation.
One of Bachmann’s June 13 letters singles out Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner.
Bachmann’s letter says three members of Abedin’s family have had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, notes that her job affords her routine access to Clinton, and says the State Department has taken recent actions “that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”
Ellison, DFL-Minneapolis, last week asked Bachmann to substantiate what he described as Bachmann’s suggestion that Abedin “may be working on the (Brotherhood’s) behalf.”
In the Friday letter, Bachmann says she never accused Abedin of working on behalf of the Brotherhood. But Bachmann, a member of the House intelligence committee, questions how Abedin obtained a State Department security clearance.
“I am particularly interested in exactly how, given what we know from the international media about Ms. Abedin’s documented family connections with the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, she was able to avoid being disqualified for a security clearance,” Bachmann writes.
The State Department has not responded to repeated requests for comment from the Times on the Bachmann letters.
Bachmann’s June 13 letters to the five agencies prominently cite a conservative think tank, the Center for Security Policy, as a source.
In his letter to Bachmann, Ellison — who became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006 — called the founder of that think tank, Frank Gaffney, “widely discredited” and said he “has a long history of making unsubstantiated anti-Muslim allegations.”
Gaffney, a conservative radio host, columnist and former assistant secretary of defense, is known for asserting that the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to infiltrate the U.S. conservative movement. Gaffney has said anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is “enabling and empowering Muslim Brotherhood influence operations against our movement and our country.”
Bachmann says in her new letter that Gaffney’s think tank wasn’t the sole source for her call for an investigation. She said she also used court documents from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief trials in 2007 and 2008, which resulted in members of the foundation being convicted of funneling money to Hamas, the Palestinian group listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
Bachmann also writes that she’s concerned about reports that an Egyptian lawmaker reportedly tied to a terrorist group received a State Department visa and met with Obama administration officials last month.
The Daily Beast website reported last month on a meeting between senior administration officials and Hani Nour Eldin, a newly elected member of the Egyptian parliament. The website reported that Eldin also is a member of an Egyptian group that’s a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an international movement founded in Egypt which, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, “aims to establish an Islamic state based on sharia” in Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations.
Correction, that is according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s own words. And deeds.
The group has a history of militarism but is believed to have shifted its Egyptian operations into politics and away from violence in recent decades, according to the council. Some allege that members of the Brotherhood have ties to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S.
A Brotherhood-backed candidate, Mohamed Morsi, was elected president of Egypt earlier this year.
And Hillary Clinton met with him on Sunday. What more evidence does Ellison need? He who went on hajj paid for by the Muslim Brotherhood. He went to Gaza to meet with Hamas ruling partner Fatah too. Much more on Ellison’s love for sharia in our archives.
Rep. Bachmann’s full letter is posted on her website in PDF format – here. Then ask yourself, and your elected representative, what is it Keith Ellison, first Muslim in Congress, objects to? And why hasn’t Eric Holder prosecuted CAIR, ISNA and NAIT?