You might be wondering what else happened during that testy Benghazi panel co-hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Monday. Besides the peacefulness of Muslim individuals, the panel also delved into a discredited conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin involving the Muslim Brotherhood.
Not included in the initial 9 minute video published by Media Matters—and only briefly mentioned in a Post column about the panel—is a Q&A segment in which noted conspiracy theorist and panelist Frank Gaffney falsely asserts once again that Abedin is possibly a covert agent of the Muslim Brotherhood and might be steering American policy in the Middle East. Here’s the video:
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An excerpt (beginning around 2:30):
If it’s mentioned in polite company, it’s considered untoward. Congresswoman Michele Bachman was taken out and shot, politically, on the floor of the United States Senate, by John McCain, a member of her own party, for having asked the Inspector General of the State Department to examine—in five different agencies, but he took particular exception to the fact that the deputy chief of staff, of Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, one Huma Abedin, also known as Mrs. Anthony Weiner [laughter], had for at least 12 years had extensive family as well as—Andy McCarthy has pointed out—personal ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now how many of these policy issues—embracing the Muslim Brotherhood, overthrowing Muammar Qaddafi and bringing to power the Brotherhood or worse, or promoting this meme that we must adhere to sharia blasphemy laws—how many of those issues do you think someone with deep personal and family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood would be encouraging the Secretary of State to observe and embrace?
I don’t know. But I think it’s at least worth, if not an Inspector General investigation—which did not happen—certainly the attention of the Select Committee.
He’s just asking questions! Anyway, this theory was widely discredited in multiple outlets in 2012. It is akin to referring to chemtrails, or reptilian shape-shifters, or Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate. It gives away the entire game.
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