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GOP members double down on Muslim Brotherhood comments (Huma Abedin a covert agent?)
The Hill ^ | 7/29/12 | Julie Ershadi, Julian Pecquet

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 Weiner’s (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 didn’t 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 isn’t even asking whether we’re 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? I’m just mystified by it.”

Westmoreland told The Hill there's been some blowback in his district, though nothing out of the ordinary.

“We haven’t really gotten that much reaction from our district,” he said. “First of all, you don’t know where the calls come from. But I mean, really, not any different from any other issue — whether you’re voting on horse slaughter or right to life, you’re 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.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brotherhood; gop; huma; muslim

Agent orange.

1 posted on 07/29/2012 3:52:02 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Michele Bachmann has more courage than most of the Republicans in the House. Sent her another campaign donation and a note to keep up the heat, and I'm not from her state.

As for "Senator" Johnnie McInsane, well, it is time for him to go home and sell beer for his wife.

2 posted on 07/29/2012 3:57:49 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Libloather

When it quacks like a duck————

Huma quacks.


3 posted on 07/29/2012 4:01:02 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Jimmy Valentine

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!


4 posted on 07/29/2012 4:05:17 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: Libloather
who they said had family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood...

I'd like to point out to the article authors that Huma Abedin's family affiliations with the muslim brotherhood and sisterhood are not allegations, they are known facts, not matters of opinion or suspicions.
5 posted on 07/29/2012 4:07:14 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Jimmy Valentine

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?


6 posted on 07/29/2012 4:07:55 AM PDT by wita
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To: Libloather
I hate the dimrat party... AND I despise the gop/e and everyone that supports that evil enemy of America... the dims are their solid allies. boehner, cantor, mcconnell, mccain, cornyn and others... the list is long... may they all meet the fate of our past enemies... for they are all surely the enemies of this republic.

LLS

7 posted on 07/29/2012 4:09:08 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Libloather

... and I am talking about DEFEAT... as in retire their sorry arses at the ballot box!

LLS


8 posted on 07/29/2012 4:11:51 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Libloather

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.


9 posted on 07/29/2012 4:12:01 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Jimmy Valentine

I’m hoping that some day all the freepers who trashed this amazing woman during the primaries, will eat their words.


10 posted on 07/29/2012 4:20:57 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: wita

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.


11 posted on 07/29/2012 4:30:39 AM PDT by Pigsley
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To: Libloather

No. An Overt Agent.


12 posted on 07/29/2012 5:07:18 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama Kills))
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To: Libloather

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?


13 posted on 07/29/2012 5:30:02 AM PDT by BobL ( It's easy to be a saint when you have nothing on the line)
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To: Libloather

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


14 posted on 07/29/2012 5:34:27 AM PDT by toomanylaws
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To: Libloather

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.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 5:51:20 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: miss marmelstein

“amazing woman”—not Hilary, surely you jest. She married for ambition and her ideas are left wing nutjob ideas...


16 posted on 07/29/2012 6:05:38 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Libloather
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the accusations were “dangerous.”

Dangerous is better than stupid Juan, and coward is worse than stupid.... juan

17 posted on 07/29/2012 6:07:56 AM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: Libloather
You're right.

It's not the Weiner Girl that's raising eyebrows. It's Hillary.

18 posted on 07/29/2012 7:20:17 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Libloather
All the Democraps and a fair number of Pubbies (the "leadership" ones) have forgotten 9-11 and have climbed back on the Political Correctness bus.

It's a bloody, bumpy ride and the final destination is Hell...

19 posted on 07/29/2012 7:23:50 AM PDT by Gritty (Once you're in the Dar al-Islam, that's it; there's no checkout desk - Mark Steyn)
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To: Libloather
All the Democraps and a fair number of Pubbies (the "leadership" ones) have forgotten 9-11 and have climbed back on the Political Correctness bus.

It's a bloody, bumpy ride and the final destination is Hell...

20 posted on 07/29/2012 7:28:06 AM PDT by Gritty (Once you're in the Dar al-Islam, that's it; there's no checkout desk - Mark Steyn)
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To: Gritty

What amazes me the most is so many prominent individuals so eager to shout out their support of a subversive group bent on this nations destruction and thereby declaring themselves so clearly “domestic enemies”.


21 posted on 07/29/2012 7:38:44 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Maybe the horse (RNC) will learn to sing)
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To: Libloather

We needed something to show that it’s not just Zero that’s the problem but the entire treasonous Rat Bastard Party. Her heinous cannot appear to be a viable alternative.


22 posted on 07/29/2012 7:42:11 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: SpaceBar
I'd like to point out to the article authors that Huma Abedin's family affiliations with the muslim brotherhood and sisterhood are not allegations, they are known facts, not matters of opinion or suspicions.

Not to mention al Qaeda connections. Both Huma and her brother worked with al Qaeda fundraiser Abdullah Omar Naseef for years after his Rabida Trust had its assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury and was correctly labeled a terrorist support group.
23 posted on 07/29/2012 7:50:04 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

As far as I’m concerned the letter should have stated that Barck Obama has not been vetted for his probably ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He’s the one that has them trotting up to the Whitehouse every other week.

Tammy Faye and McStain need to drink a big ole cup of STFU.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 7:57:59 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

As far as I’m concerned the letter should have stated that Barack Obama has not been vetted for his probable ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He’s the one that has them trotting up to the Whitehouse every other week.

Tammy Faye and McStain need to drink a big ole cup of STFU.


25 posted on 07/29/2012 7:59:02 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: yldstrk

No, I was NOT referring to Hillary. Did she run in this year’s primaries?


26 posted on 07/29/2012 8:50:16 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Libloather
"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."

So it has to be "in" your committee before you'll consider it?
Interesting parsing results.

So if you block anything from being brought "in" to begin with then you can always claim she's legit.

And what is already "in" your committee about her family members?

27 posted on 07/29/2012 8:58:08 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Libloather

Piaps


28 posted on 07/29/2012 9:00:51 AM PDT by Walmartian (An update is available for this tagline. Click here to download.)
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To: Libloather

Remember how the Clinton White House avoided background checks for staff and interns? Was Huma one of these interns?


29 posted on 07/29/2012 9:03:14 AM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: Carry_Okie

Hillery is white and a women that is the only difference between her and Obama. If he hadn’t been elected and she was we would have the same problems. I hope someone is keeping count of all her screw ups for 2016.


30 posted on 07/29/2012 10:08:29 AM PDT by Americanexpat (�It is going to get even worse now that the)
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To: Americanexpat
I hope someone is keeping count of all her screw ups for 2016.

See tag line.

31 posted on 07/29/2012 10:47:22 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Libloather

“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.””

And what exactly is this “line” we are supposed to remain in?


32 posted on 07/29/2012 11:37:52 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: yldstrk; miss marmelstein

The reference to “amazing woman” is to Michelle Bachmann.


33 posted on 07/30/2012 5:16:51 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

oh thank God


34 posted on 07/30/2012 3:16:45 PM PDT by yldstrk ( That is corrMy heroes have always been cowboys)
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bts


35 posted on 07/31/2012 7:08:05 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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