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(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 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.

Susan July 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Yes, Al, you and I do have some common ground, the only difference is that I really don't trust either side, and try to stand on principle, and certainly not on the left or the right. I fear you trust one side too much. Either way, this topic is about Bachmann and another of her ludicrous accusations. I really have a hard time understanding how anyone can trust and/or support her, especially since her own party is turning against her on this one. She has crossed the line and been caught in too many lies and exaggerations...and I don't mean lies that the talking heads create, I mean real, in your face lies. p.s. the link is MNDOT's pricing. Are you saying that they were right then, or now? Never mind, it's a discussion for another day/thread.
Edward July 20, 2012 at 03:23 AM
http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/michele-bachmanns-mccarthyism.html Some very interesting sources and insights.
Edward July 20, 2012 at 08:07 AM
This is so sad. http://www.sctimes.com/article/20120720/news01/307190037/bachmann-ellison-has-ties-muslim-brotherhood?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|umbrella
Susan July 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Sad and infuriating. Even when the leaders of her party, McCain, Boehner, and Rubio are saying she is wrong, she doesn't get it, or back down. Instead she cranks up the crazy factor and goes further. I am surprised this one took you so long, Michelle, shame on you for preying on the fear of the ignorant! "In an interview with radio host Glenn Beck on Thursday, Bachmann asserted that Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, has a long record of being associated with the Muslim Brotherhood." "Bachmann offered no evidence of ties between Ellison and the Muslim Brotherhood during the Beck interview."
Susan July 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
So close, I think the word was "distorted".

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