In April 2012 we posted this, Obama welcomes Muslim Brotherhood in the White House.
White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt’s presidential election.
The White House pointed out that Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, and other US lawmakers and officials had also met with Brotherhood representatives in Egypt and elsewhere in recent months.
That post contained the following paragraphs from a New York Times article:
State Department officials said they were untroubled and even optimistic about the Brotherhood’s reversal of its pledge not to seek the presidency. The Brotherhood’s candidate, Khairat el-Shater, a millionaire businessman considered the most formative influence on the group’s policies, is well known to both American diplomats and their contacts in the Egyptian military. Though in and out of prison, he was the Brotherhood’s main point of contact with Mr. Mubarak’s security services and is now its main conduit for talks with the council of generals who took power at his ouster.
Mr. Shater has met with almost all the senior State Department officials and American lawmakers visiting Cairo. He is in regular contact with the American ambassador, Anne Patterson, as well as the executives of many American companies here, and United States officials have praised his moderation as well as his intelligence and effectiveness.
Little more than a year later, Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat al-Shater arrested:
A deputy leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, former presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater, has been arrested, security sources, his party and state news agency MENA said on July 5.
Security sources said al-Shater, a wealthy businessman seen as the movement’s main political strategist, was taken into custody on suspicion of incitement to violence. He was arrested at his apartment in Cairo.
Among the Brotherhood’s best known public figures, Shater was the latest of several of its leaders to be taken in since elected President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the army on July 3.
Morsi was propelled into the presidential campaign last year when Shater was disqualified on the grounds of a past criminal conviction.
Apparently those past criminal convictions didn’t disqualify him from being Team Obama’s go to guy in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
When will U.S. officials begin investigating members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood – as they’ve been asked by Congress?