(UPDATED) VIDEO: Ellison Calls Bachmann's Muslim Brotherhood Claims a 'Phantom'
In new letter to Bachmann, Ellison says she "rehashes ... anti-Muslim Web sites." She responds in statement: "I will not be silent."
Update (2 p.m. Wednesday): U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann fired back this afternoon in the ongoing war of words with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison over her charges of Muslim Brotherhood "penetration" into the federal government:
“The letters my colleagues and I sent on June 13 to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State—and the follow up letter I wrote to Rep. Ellison on July 13—are unfortunately being distorted.
“I encourage everyone, including media outlets, to read them in their entirety. The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group’s access to top Obama administration officials.
“Most recently, the State Department shockingly decided to give Hani Nour Eldin, a member of an Egyptian designed terrorist group, a visa to not only enter the country in violation of the federal laws prohibiting material support for terrorism, but to be granted a meeting inside the White House with National Security Council officials.
“The terror group member used the opportunity of his White House visit to call for the release of the imprisoned leader of his organization, the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman, who is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and later planned terror plots inside the U.S.
“This is just the latest example of the dangerous national security decisions made by the Obama administration. I will not be silent as this administration appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces.”
Update (12:15 p.m. Wednesday): Read the letter U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison sent today to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the first PDF uploaded to this post. Also see Bachmann's original June 13, 2012, letter to federal authorities about the Muslim Brotherhood penetrating the U.S. government.
Original post (9:35 a.m. Wednesday): U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's allegations of a Muslim Brotherhood "deep penetration" of the federal government is "untrue" and a "phantom," U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) told Anderson Cooper on CNN Tuesday night.
"It just is the worst of guilt by association; it is a stark front to American values," said Ellison, who represents Minnesota Fifth Congressional District, including cities such as Fridley, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis, Richfield and Hopkins. (Some parts of Edina will join the Fifth District next year due to redistricting.)
Bachmann's district is to the north and east of Ellison's and includes such cities as St. Michael, Woodbury and Stillwater.