A report has surfaced on Wednesday, saying that Democrat Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is being eyed as the head of the Democrat National Committee, a report from Conservative Tribune said.
However, Ellison’s nomination to head DNC has stirred in a new controversy as sources say that he has ties with a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the global Islamist organization that seeks — often violently — to create Muslim states worldwide.
According to the report, in 2008, Ellison made an unannounced trip to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. His trip was paid by the Muslim American Society, a U.S. chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Chicago Tribune reported.
It was learned that MAS board member Asad Zaman has joined Ellison on the trip. But Ellison claimed that the trip was a transformational personal experience, saying he “didn’t want to turn it into a politics thing.”
Meanwhile, the House Ethics Committee initiated an investigation into the matter after Ellison failed to disclose that the Muslim American Society paid $13,350 for his 16-day haj, or pilgrimage, according to The Jewish Press.
The committee opened the investigation because the trip was paid for by a local Islamic nonprofit and should have been reported as a gift to a public official.Tax records show the Muslim American Society of Minnesota received some $900,000 in taxpayer money in 2006 and 2007, according to the report.
But Ellison maintained that he was not “privy to the internal workings of the organization.” He added that he thought his personal itinerary allowed him to keep the trip’s cost private.