Muslim Congressman targets Michele Bachmann for raising questions about Huma and Hillary
July 17, 2012
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) may be engaged in a bit of ‘thou doth protest too much' relative to concerns about Hillary Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin. He's got a problem with a letter sent to the Office of the Inspector General of the State Department penned by five congressmen - led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) - who want more information about these revelations.
From the SC Times, via Think Progress:
Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minneapolis, said in a statement that he's puzzled by Bachmann's comments. Ellison, the first Muslim-American elected to the U.S. Congress, said he doesn't understand why Bachmann would make such accusations through the press if she has information that's as sensitive as she claims.
"If she has sources for this type of information, she owes it to the country to reveal them to the proper authorities, but definitely not this way," Ellison said. "If she doesn't have this type of information, she should not be whipping up fear and hysteria about a very important matter."
Here is the relevant excerpt from the letter to the OIG at State:
...the Department's Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members - her late father, her mother and her brother - connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.
Back to Think Progress. Check out the Bio of Huma Abedin that they posted in their attack on Bachmann:
Abedin was born in the United States, attended college at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and the popular Clinton aide is also married to former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY).
Conspicuously absent from that Bio is where Abedin resided between the time she was born in the U.S. and when she returned to attend GWU. Here is a slightly more detailed bio via Fox News Insider:
(Huma) was born to two professors in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
She moved with her Indian father and Pakistani-born mother to Saudi Arabia when she was two.
She returned to the United States to attend George Washington University.
Why would Think Progress omit that part about Saudi Arabia? Could it have something to do with the fact that Huma's mother - Saleha Abedin - was a prominent member of the Muslim Sisterhood's leadership there?FF