Outspoken Tea Party Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other members of Congress came under fire earlier this summer for asking agency inspectors general to various department inspectors general, asking for an investigation into apparent links between top Obama administration officials–including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton???s aide, Huma Abedin–and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.
Some rushed to Bachmann???s aid to press the matter; others distanced themselves.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor to denounce the accusation, calling Abedin a ???fine and decent American.???
Seventeen leaders of values organizations wrote House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in July, backing up the claims and asking Boehner to take the allegations of potential terrorist links seriously.
Now, a former U.S. attorney who made a name for himself as the prosecutor of the terrorist perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing is saying we should take Bachmann???s concerns seriously.
Andrew C. McCarthy, who now contributes to National Review and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said in a conference at the National Press Club Wednesday that Abedin???s connections are too serious to ignore.
???I???ve been, I must say, baffled by this whole situation,??? McCarthy said, noting that a candidate for a high position in a government agency should expect to be subjected to an intensive background investigation.
???This is routine. It???s not because we question their patriotism, it???s not because we question their honesty or suggest they???re bad people,??? he said.
In Abedin???s case, McCarthy said Abedin???s personal and professional affiliations, as well as her family???s links to Muslim Brotherhood organizations, should be enough to give investigators pause.
Prior to taking her current position, Abedin worked as an assistant editor for the journal of the Institute of Minority Muslim Affairs, an organization formerly chaired by Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef founded the Al-Quaeda-linked charity Rabita Trust and served as secretary general of the Muslim World League, an organization that McCarthy alleges had tight fiscal connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. Three other members of Abedin???s family are alleged to have connections to suspect Islamist groups, but McCarthy said her personal links alone would be grounds for an investigation.
While some have said the links drawn between Abedin and extremist groups are hopelessly convoluted and rooted in the accusers??? Islamophobia, McCarthy said an interest in U.S. security should make investigators unafraid to probe the evidence.
???Today, there is no worse sin than to be called a bigot, even when the charge is utterly empty,??? McCarthy said. ???Duty is calling us now, and duty has to be done, even if the grievance industry grieves in overdrive.???