Conservative Columnist Uses Clinton Email Investigation To Revive Bigoted Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy

Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton

Washington Times columnist Frank Gaffney writes that the news of Hillary Clinton's private email account is significant because it could provide evidence of her aide Huma Abedin's purported ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, his latest effort to push the bigoted conspiracy theory for which he has been widely condemned.

Pointing to reports that Abedin had a email address,Gaffney wrote:

Her emails are of particular interest insofar as Ms. Abedin has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. That's the Islamist organization whose self-declared mission is “destroying Western civilization from within.”

The indispensable investigative group Judicial Watch has filed suit in federal court for access to these emails. It remains to be seen if they are provided and, if so, what they reveal about these ladies' contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood - and their damage-control concerning revelations about Ms. Abedin's connection to it.

Gaffney's think tank is responsible for the conspiracy theory that Abedin, who is “of mixed Indian and Pakistani heritage,” has family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood that call into question her loyalty to the United States.

After then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) cited Gaffney's claims while questioning Abedin's “routine access to the secretary and to policy-making” in a 2012 letter to the State Department, she was widely denounced, including by Speaker John Boeher (R-OH) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).