In a recent interview on TV station WHO, Iowa Rep. Steve King was asked about his statement that Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide for many years, has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
..it appears to be the objective truth and I think we should look at those relationships especially when someone’s that closely related to the Secretary of State it becomes a critical issue.
First, let’s look at the facts. Ms. Abedin and her immediate family do have clear connections to Muslim Brotherhood.
Former New York Prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy has addressed many of these issues, including specific allegations against Ms. Abedin. Mr. McCarthy - who led the prosecution of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, - is an expert on the dangers of radical Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a July 27th article, Mr. McCarthy points out that Ms. Abedin’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood go beyond just her family:
It turns out, however, that Abedin herself is directly connected to Abdullah Omar Naseef, a major Muslim Brotherhood figure involved in the financing of al-Qaeda. Abedin worked for a number of years at the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs as assistant editor of its journal. The IMMA was founded by Naseef, who remained active in it for decades, overlapping for several years with Abedin. Naseef was also secretary general of the Muslim World League in Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most significant Muslim Brotherhood organization in the world. In that connection, he founded the Rabita Trust, which is formally designated as a foreign terrorist organization under American law due to its support of al-Qaeda.
Mr. McCarthy makes the point that given Ms. Abedin’s direct involvement in matters of national security, it’s not only valid to ask about the connections she has to the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s foolish not to. In an August speech, McCarthy explains why:
Holding public office is a privilege not a right. Access to classified information is a privilege, not a right. You need not have done anything wrong to be deemed unfit for these privileges. It is not a question of your patriotism. It’s not a question of your trustworthiness. It’s about whether you would be burdened by such obvious conflict of interest.
Mr. McCarthy goes on to make an obvious point that seems to have been missed by many:
When I was a prosecutor the Justice Department would never in a million years have let me handle an investigation that involve members of my family with their friends. That’s not because they didn’t trust me; it’s because it would’ve been inappropriate.