Skip to comments.GOP members double down on Muslim Brotherhood comments (Huma Abedin a covert agent?)
Posted on 07/29/2012 3:51:43 AM PDT by Libloather
GOP members double down on Muslim Brotherhood comments
By Julie Ershadi and Julian Pecquet - 07/29/12 06:10 AM ET
Republican lawmakers who demanded an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff is a covert agent for the Muslim Brotherhood said this week they have no regrets.
Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other House members sent several letters over the past few weeks to government agencies asking them to make sure they were properly vetting federal workers.
Their letter to the State Department's deputy inspector general, however, ignited controversy for singling out Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide and former Rep. Anthony Weiners (D-N.Y.) wife, who they said had family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told The Hill that the media's focus on Abedin was a deliberate effort to change the subject.
The focus in the media has been on one sentence in one of those letters, and ... they have the right to do that, Franks said. But it certainly doesn't serve the American people when they overlook the central focus of the letters to try to take out of context one element of it that seems to be the only thing the left can aim at.
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) made the same point in an emailed statement to The Hill.
As a member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, my top priority is ensuring the security of our nation, Rooney said. The tragic events at Fort Hood in 2009 [when 12 service members and a civilian were killed by a Palestinian-American with ties to radical Islam] proved that our enemies will go to great lengths, including infiltrating and recruiting members of our military, to commit acts of terror against American citizens. I regret that Mrs. Abedin has become the media focus of this story, because the intention of the letters was to bring greater attention to a legitimate national security risk.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), when asked if he would consider apologizing, unequivocally said, No.
I think the letter speaks for itself, he told The Hill. We didnt accuse anybody or anything else.
The debate has erupted as the United States is forced to reassess its relationship with long-time allies in the Middle East, especially Egypt where Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi won the presidency last month. The brotherhood, the Arab world's most influential Islamist movement, officially condemns violence but believes that Islam should be the guiding principle behind government.
The other two letter signers have also doubled down.
"I hope and pray that the mainstream media will get past the enjoyment of vilifying and trying to destroy the messenger and look at the message," Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on the House floor on Thursday.
Bachmann has not only stood by the letter but told conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on Thursday that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, has a long record of being associated with ... the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ellison has denied the allegation, saying Bachmann just wanted attention.
Some Republicans have ripped the effort by the handful of House legislators, most notably Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a friend of Abedin's, who called them ugly and sinister.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the accusations were dangerous.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched an online petition on Friday demanding Bachmann and her colleagues retract the letter. And the pro-Obama People for the American Way has a sign-on letter to Boehner asking him to remove Bachmann, Rooney and Westmoreland from the House Intelligence Committee, whose chairman has rejected the allegations.
"That kind of assertion certainly doesn't comport with the Intelligence Committee, and I can say that on the record," Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) told USA Today. "I have no information in my committee that would indicate that Huma is anything other than an American patriot."
Others have refrained from criticizing Bachmann and the other members.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told CBS on Friday that Bachmann's concern was about the security of the country when asked if the letter was out of line.
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said he was mystified by the criticism.
What is wrong with raising the question? Why isnt even asking whether were living up to our standards a legitimate level of congressional oversight? Bolton asked on the Frank Gaffney radio show. Why has that generated so much criticism? Im just mystified by it.
Westmoreland told The Hill there's been some blowback in his district, though nothing out of the ordinary.
We havent really gotten that much reaction from our district, he said. First of all, you dont know where the calls come from. But I mean, really, not any different from any other issue whether youre voting on horse slaughter or right to life, youre going to get a certain number of phone calls
Franks said the criticism from some in the GOP is nothing out of the ordinary.
I think that that is a routine reality, he said. There are always going to be differences even within the party. In this case, I'm finding that the more people actually read the letters, the more support we can be coming to see.
Asked to elaborate, he told The Hill that we've seen a lot of shift here recently, and that's just the simple truth.
Still, he acknowledged, the situation could have been handled a little better.
There are things that I would certainly do differently if I had it to do over again, Franks said. There were certainly no accusations in the letter and there were no inaccuracies in the letter. That said, you can tell the truth in ways that are awkward in which there are better ways to say it.
There was never an attempt on my part to cast any negative aspersions toward an individual, he said. It was all aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood, which I am convinced remains a major national security concern for this country.
As for "Senator" Johnnie McInsane, well, it is time for him to go home and sell beer for his wife.
When it quacks like a duck————
We need more investigative congress people to out the enemies within and thier co-conspirators, supporters and enablers. Looking at the regimes foreign policy and the arab spring campiagn geared toward code word “democracy” much like the code word here in American “middleclass” have allowed the muslim brotherhood to take control of the situations created by the regime for this purpose. You go Michele Bachmann you go!
As for “Senator” Johnnie McInsane, well, it is time for him to go home and sell beer for his wife.
Long past time, but apparently he occupies one of those safe seats that are worth saving. Surely there is someone with a more reasoned and conservative approach to government, living in that district in AZ?
... and I am talking about DEFEAT... as in retire their sorry arses at the ballot box!
What’s the big deal? Obama and Clinton’s policies are so stupid, predictable and transparent, the Muslim brotherhood hardly needs an agent to tell them what their friends are doing. They can watch NBC news.
I’m hoping that some day all the freepers who trashed this amazing woman during the primaries, will eat their words.
I’m still mad Hayworth didn’t take the seat away from Juan last election.
J.D. is not a perfect guy, but he LOVES THIS COUNTRY—AS FOUNDED. I understand what Sen. McCain went through in war, and give him respect and credit. Seperate issues. I have little to no respect for his job as AZ Senator. He is worthless from a Conservative p.o.v. I think J.D. would have stood by Bachman and her team.
Our country is circling the drain. The amount of doublepulsgoodspeak in the media is really getting frightening. Something has to give....we are nearing the point of no return.
No. An Overt Agent.
I guess I’m still missing the point. Didn’t we PRACTICALLY INSTALL the Brotherhood in Egypt? If so, then why the stigma. It’s like calling Elton John gay - is that a hate crime these days?
The following seems appropriate in this case.
Throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps the loudest is usually the one that got hit.
- Lois L’Amour
Oh the democrats are “vetting” ( a word I think is stupid) federal traitors. They have to be gay or muslim or otherwise despise God or they don’t get the job. If one who tells the truth accidentally slips in, they get fired.
“amazing woman”—not Hilary, surely you jest. She married for ambition and her ideas are left wing nutjob ideas...
Dangerous is better than stupid Juan, and coward is worse than stupid.... juan
It's not the Weiner Girl that's raising eyebrows. It's Hillary.
It's a bloody, bumpy ride and the final destination is Hell...
It's a bloody, bumpy ride and the final destination is Hell...
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