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Congress / Muslim Extremists / A Discussion (Part I) #1026831

CNN Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The demand from Representative Michele Bachmann and four Congressional colleagues {Trent Frank, Louis Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland} for an investigation into Muslim inroads into the US government introduced; details given of the claims about these groups exercising influence that could threaten homeland security, the claims about State Department deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin having family members connected to Muslim organizations, the conspiracy views of Frank Gaffney. [In radio interview, BACHMANN - says the government has been penetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood; calls for the Justice Department to investigate.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Salon.com writer Alex Seitz-Ward and Arab-American Inst. president James Zogby about this conspiracy view. [SEITZ-WARD†- denies there is a deep penetration into the government by Muslims, including Abedin's connection to the Muslim Brotherhood; calls this a media ploy by Bachmann and she is going after real people here.] [ZOGBY - says this hurts young Muslims working in the government; links the attacks to those against President Obama.]

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