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Wednesday
Jul182012

Muslim Rights Group Counters Bachmann National Security Allegations

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A Muslim human rights group has issued a strong response to the allegations from House Republican members that longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s family, as well as other prominent Muslim-Americans working within the U.S. government, have ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Corey Saylor, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, calls questioning the loyalty of "patriotic American Muslims" based on what he says are old anti-Muslim conspiracy theories “beyond the pale.”

Five GOP members of Congress, including former presidential candidate Michelle Bachman, sent letters to the Inspector General offices for the State Department, as well as the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, questioning whether Abedin and other prominent Muslims are part of a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the U.S. government; an attack, incidentally, CAIR itself has weathered.

“America wants a serious national security conversation,” says Saylor. “Michelle Bachmann is giving us a six degrees of separation drinking game.”

CAIR, a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group founded in 1994, is not alone in its condemnation. On Wednesday veteran Republican Senator John McCain gave a spirited defense of Abedin, calling the allegations against her “ugly” and “sinister.” He chastised his GOP colleagues in the House saying that no one, “not least a member of Congress,” should launch such a, “degrading attack against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of that they stand for.”

State Department deputy spokesperson Patrick Ventrell also shot down the accusations, calling them “preposterous.”

Saylor says that Abedin and the other Muslim officials listed in the House letter are American citizens who are, “asking what they can do for their nation,” and now Bachmann, "seems to be punishing them for the sin of offering that service during a Democratic administration,” he says.

In addition to Abedin, the letters also cite Mohamed Elibiary, an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security named in the letter, as also having possible ties to extremists.  Last year Elibiary was given an award by the Society of Former Special Agents for his counter-terrorism work with the FBI.

“Now his contributions have been rewarded by Bachmann questioning his patriotism,” says Saylor.

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, has sent letters to Bachmann demanding she and her GOP colleagues produce evidence backing up their claims. Ellison told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the allegations are “the worst of guilt by association,” said Ellison. “It is a stark affront to American values.”

Bachmann has issued a statement saying that Ellison has “distorted” the letters by taking certain comments out of context. “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,” said Bachmann.

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Thursday
Dec222011

Anthony Weiner and Wife Welcome Birth of a Son

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF11/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin welcomed the birth of their first child, Jordan Zain Weiner, on Wednesday.

The couple, who wed in 2010, has had a rough year. In June, Weiner resigned from Congress in scandal after a story broke about risque online behavior Weiner had participated in with a series of women.

Abedin, a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, gave birth 10 days before her Dec. 31 due date. The baby weighed seven pounds.

Weiner and Abedin were married on Long Island in the summer of 2010. President Bill Clinton presided over the ceremony.

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Anthony Weiner’s Wife, Huma Abedin, Is Pregnant

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF11/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York and his wife, Huma Abedin, are expecting a child, ABC News has learned.

News of the pregnancy, which was first reported by The New York Times, comes as the couple has vowed to stay together despite Weiner’s admission of risqué online chats and photo swaps with at least six other women.

Weiner and Abedin were married in a New York ceremony officiated by former President Bill Clinton 11 months ago.

Abedin, 35, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is currently traveling with her boss on an overseas trip, stopping first in Abu Dhabi and continuing to various stops in Africa.

Weiner, 46, remains in New York where he has been reaching out to Democrats to apologize for his behavior and try to save his professional career as a growing number of politicians call for his resignation.

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