The East Texas lawmaker was one of five Republican Congress members who stirred bipartisan controversy in June by raising concern about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the nation’s capital.
In an interview Tuesday on Gohmert charged that the administration was taking advice from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egypt-based movement formed after the demise of the Ottoman Turkish empire with the intent of helping establish Islamic rule worldwide.
“You look at the decisions [the Obama administration] made, especially in the last two years, in going through the revolutions in Northern Africa and across the Middle East and to the Far East,” said Gohmert, “and the only way you can explain the horrendous decisions that were so completely wrongheaded would be if the administration had a bunch of Muslim Brotherhood members giving them advice.”
Gaffeny’s Center for Security Policy, where he serves as president, notes that security clearance guidelines for federal employees state a “security risk may exist when an individual’s immediate family, including cohabitants and other persons to whom he or she may be bound by affection, influence, or obligation are not citizens of the United States or may be subject to duress.”
The guidelines express concern for any “association or sympathy with persons or organizations that advocate the overthrow of the United States Government, or any state or subdivision, by force or violence or by other unconstitutional means.”
Nevertheless, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank suggested researchers and lawmakers who have presented evidence of the Muslim Brotherhood ties of Abedin and her family are motivated by racism. He commented it’s “hard to escape the suspicion” that the charges have “something to do with the way she looks and how she worships.”
After the Gaffney interview Tuesday, Gohmert told KLTV-TV in Tyler, Texas, that there’s “no question there’s (Muslim Brotherhood) influence, the question is how much is there.”
Gohmert recalled his questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the issue.
“In front of our committee, I asked her how many members of her advisory committee were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, she said she didn’t know,” Gohmert told KLTV.
Gaffney asked Gohmert if the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration issue should be “raised anew and much more aggressively” as Congress investigates the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack and developments in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood president is asserting authoritarian powers.
“Absolutely,” Gohmert said.”I think it almost makes a prima facie case when you look at the decisions made by this administration over the last couple of years, or actually all four years.”Hmmmm......"The future does not belong to those that slander the prophet."