VIDEOS: Michele Bachmann Says Keith Ellison Has 'Long History' with Muslim Brotherhood
On CNN, Ellison told Anderson Cooper what Bachmann said to Glenn Beck is untrue.
In the video clip at right, Michele Bachmann accuses Keith Ellison of "a long record" of association with the Muslim Brotherhood—a claim Ellison flatly denies in the video clip at left.
A brewing conflict between the two members of Congress from neighboring Minnesota districts got personal Thursday, as Bachmann directly tied Ellison to her claims of "deep penetration" of the U.S. federal government by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Here is an excerpt from a transcript of the Bachmann's interview with Glenn Beck:
REP. BACHMANN: And they call for Jerusalem to become Egypt’s capital, not Israel’s capital. They call for the demise of Israel and the demise of the United States. They believe in civilization, jihad, which is to come into the United States and subvert the United States from within. I know it sounds like radical stuff, but all you have to do is look—right, just look at the Muslim Brotherhood and who they say they are.
GLENN BECK: Okay. So when you wrote this letter, then Keith Ellison comes out. And Keith Ellison is—he has a record of being the Mafia hitman.
REP. BACHMANN: Well, he has a long record of being associated with CAIR and with the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR is an unindicted co‑conspirator, as stated in the large terrorist financing case that we’ve had in the United States of America and so he came out and essentially wanted to shut down the inspectors general from even looking into any of the questions that we were asking. So he wanted to shut it down. In response I wrote another letter back to Keith Ellison, a 16‑page letter which I would encourage all of your listeners to go and read this letter. It’s what I call a bulletproof letter. I have 59 footnotes with one example after another of the penetration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the federal government. One of the most recent is so outrageous, it’s hard to believe. Two weeks ago the State Department broke its own law, like I said, and let a foreign terrorist come into the United States, into the White House, meet with the National Security Council—
Here is the first part of Ellison's exchange with Anderson Cooper on CNN:
ANDERSON COOPER: She's saying you have a long record of being associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Is that true?
REP. ELLISON: No. That's not true.
COOPER: Do you support the Muslim Brotherhood?
ELLISON: You know, I don't support any organization. I support American institutions. I don't know enough about them. What I know about them is that in Egypt one of their candidates has ascended to the presidency. I've never met that person. But I do think the United States should have a foreign policy where we talk to foreign leaders of all kinds. But no, I don't have any Muslim Brotherhood connections that she's talking about.
COOPER: And when she says you are trying to shut down their investigation, what do you make of that?
ELLISON: I am absolutely not trying to shut down their investigation. What I'm trying to do is to raise a concern about unfounded allegations of disloyalty—specifically with regard to [Secretary of State Clinton's deputy chief of staff] Huma Abedin and a few other people who she mentioned. But I mean, if she has legitimate evidence, she should go forward. All I did was ask her to put up the proof.