Recently, Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Representative, sent out a press release calling on the State Department to investigate an infiltration in its midst by the Muslim Brotherhood. Shortly thereafter, Representative Keith Ellison, himself a Muslim, asked Bachmann to provide some kind of evidence for her charge.
Bachmann then responded with a 16 page letter to Ellison, asking how Huma Abedin, deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton, and wife of disgraced former Democratic Anthony Weiner Representative, was able to receive a security clearance, due to her familial connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The letter claimed that three members of Abedin’s family were involved with the Islamist organization. When this letter spread throughout the internet, the implication some people received was that the Obama administration was instrumental in the recent Muslim Brotherhood electoral victory in Egypt.
So, naturally, some people in Egypt were upset that we were intervening in their elections. Since this was the nation’s first Presidential election, the populace of Egypt thought it might be appropriate for them to select their own leader. When Hillary Clinton showed up, her limo was inundated with shoes and tomatoes in response to this attitude. This event, which may have been first reported here, became news worldwide.
This afternoon, the Washington establishment began to respond to Bachmann, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee. John McCain, GOP Presidential nominee in 2008, opened the barrage with this statement on the Senate floor:
“Recently, it has been alleged that Huma, a Muslim American, is part of a nefarious conspiracy to harm the United States by unduly influencing U.S. foreign policy at the Department of State in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes. On June 13, five members of Congress wrote to the deputy inspector general of the Department of State, demanding that he begin an investigation into the possibility that Huma and other American officials are using their influence to promote the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government. The information offered to support these serious allegations is based on a report, ‘The Muslim Brotherhood in America,’ produced by the Center for Security Policy.”
“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant. …”
“I have every confidence in Huma’s loyalty to our country, and everyone else should as well. All Americans owe Huma a debt of gratitude for her many years of superior public service. I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.”
Then, Ed Rollins, who has been active in Republican political campaigns for a long time, and served as Bachmann’s campaign manager in her recent Presidential campaign, went on Fox News website and wrote:
“As a member of Congress, with a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, Mrs. Bachmann you know better. Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard-working, loyal Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges. As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.”
A weird part of the story is that Weiner, who left Congress in one of the weirder sex scandals I can recall, was one of AIPAC’s most fervent supporters during his tenure there.
So, in short, here’s the story as we currently know it. Bachmann seems to be alleging that Abedin was a closeted member of a terrorist organization, acting as a fifth columnist within the US government. Michele, whose husband is Marcus Bachmann, seems to know a great deal about individuals pretending to be something that they aren’t, perhaps from her seat on the Intelligence Committee. So, we are left with people charging someone with a behavior that they can’t prove. We are then left for each to decide which is right and which is an illusion.