U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney wants a thorough study into whether the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated and holds powerful positions in the federal government.
The Tequesta Republican is one of five congressional leaders urging officials to find out how much influence the Muslim Brotherhood has at the federal level. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., addressed Inspectors General of four government agencies in a letter that claims Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton has been "enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests."
Accompanying Rooney and Bachmann in the push are Republican U.S. Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.
"The Muslim Brotherhood openly calls for violence against the United States, but we're learning that this organization may be infiltrating our ranks, even within our military," Rooney said in Bachmann's release. "We need our top security agencies to investigate thoroughly the degree to which members of this organization are active in our defense and intelligence communities, and what impact that has on our national security."
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and a Muslim, pressed Bachmann to provide proof. Bachmann followed up with a 16-page letter with 59 footnotes. In particular, Bachmann reiterates claims that Clinton's deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, has family members with Muslim Brotherhood connections.
"It's 16 pages worth of false allegations, just regurgitated nonsense," Ellison told CNN. "Sixteen pages doesn't take nothing and turn it into something. It's still nothing."
Rooney spokesman Michael Mahaffey said the proof is well laid out in Bachmann's letters.
"It's easy for (Ellison) to say it's nonsense or draw references to Islamophobia," Mahaffey said. "But the evidence is there."