A former lead prosecutor of the terrorists behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center says he finds it “very troubling” that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close aide worked under a “known terrorist sponsor” and that Washington’s bipartisan ruling class is coming to accept the Muslim Brotherhood.

Andrew McCarthy, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York who is now with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told WND’s Greg Corombos in a radio interview, “I think it’s all very troubling.”

He said the family of Clinton aide Huma Abedin has been involved in the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, or IMMA, since the late 1970s.

“That outfit was started, it looks like, with the sponsorship of a guy named Abdullah Omar Naseef, who is connected to al-Qaida, who has been connected to financing of al-Qaida,” he explained. “He ran not only the Muslim World League, which is the front of Muslim Brotherhood ideology, but also something called the Rabita Trust, which not only is a designated terrorist organization under American law, but it was actually run for a time by one of the guys who’s a founder of al-Qaida.”

McCarthy noted that the IMMA has published a journal for several years, and Abedin worked in a top position for that publication.

“I go through that history because, on the very journal that Ms. Abedin herself was affiliated with as an assistant editor – from 1996 almost up until the time when she joined the State Department in 2009 – this fellow, Naseef, was an adviser on the board of that very publication,” he said. “We actually have her working in the same institution at the same place as a known terrorist sponsor. So this isn’t just like a casual ’6 degrees of separation’ thing from some obscure Muslim Brotherhood figure.”

McCarthy recently wrote an in-depth analysis of Abedin’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood published on PJ Media.

Likewise, WND senior staff reporter Aaron Klein has detailed Abedin’s ties to the Saudi-financed Islamic think tank alongside Naseef.

However, McCarthy was quick to note: “Nobody who’s questioning the influence of Ms. Abedin – and, particularly, the propriety of her getting a security clearance under the circumstances – is claiming that she’s the policy maker. The policy in the administration is made by President [Obama] and his top Cabinet people and his top advisers and Secretary Clinton. I don’t think anyone is saying that Huma Abedin is responsible for a big shift in American policy.”

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