Congress Pushes to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Group

Egyptian students, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, flash the four finger symbol known as "Rabaa", meaning four in Arabic, which is associated with those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo last year, as they demonstrate outside Cairo University, on April 9, 2014. An Egyptian appeals court rejected a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial officials said. AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD KHALED (Photo credit should read MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

Free Beacon: Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are renewing a years-long push to designate the international Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist organization due to its support for terror organizations that threaten U.S. security interests across the globe, according to conversations with U.S. officials spearheading the effort.

The congressional effort to target the Muslim Brotherhood will kick off early Wednesday, when lawmakers on the House’s Subcommittee on National Security gather for a hearing to “examine the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates pose to the United States and its interests and how to most effectively counter it, including potential next steps for U.S. policy,” according to the committee.

The hearing is expected to set the stage for Congress to follow through on efforts that began in 2015 to convince the Obama administration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group following its violent, and eventually failed, takeover in Egypt. more …

Opinion: Congress should not have to push too hard since the Muslim Brotherhood is the patron of three of the world’s most dangerous terror groups: al Qaeda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

It was Barack Obama who brought the Brotherhood out of obscurity in his 2009 Cairo speech after the group had been banned in Egypt for over 30 years:

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It was James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, who reassured the US that the Brotherhood had eschewed violence and before you could say ISIS the brothers were running Egypt into full blown chaos …

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… with the full support of the crack Obama team:

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If ever there was a no-brainer …