Three U.S. Senators have written a letter to Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI, asking for clarification and offering support for the recently reported decision by the FBI to sever contacts with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an important part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The letter, written by Senators Jon Kyl, Charles Schumer, and Tom Coburn states:
Dear Mr. Mueller,
Over the past couple of weeks, we have read with interest reports that the FBI has severed it ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). We certainly support that action, and it would be helpful for us to understand the situation more fully. For example, would your field offices have the same policy and are there any reservations or exceptions in your policy? And since the Bureau has taken a leadership role, do you know whether other federal governmental agencies still have ties to CAIR and are they aware of the Bureau’s decision? Obviously, we believe this should be government-wide policy. Finally, given CAIR’s status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, we would like to know more about other unindicted co-conspirators. Does the Bureau have contacts with organizations or individuals identified by federal prosecutors as unindicted coconspirators in terrorism finance investigations and were those contacts affected by the decision to sever ties with CAIR? We have appreciated the opportunity to work with you in the past and hope to continue to provide the tools you need to keep this country safe.
The report that the FBI had cut off contact with CAIR was discussed in an earlier post.
Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the U.S. Brotherhood. A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDW had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and is an integral part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood with a long history of support for fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and terrorism. Numerous earlier posts have reported on the relationship between the FBI and CAIR.
To view the Senators’ letter, click here.