In 2013, three members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a leading state sponsor of terrorism worldwide. The dinner meeting was kept largely secret for years, until the Wall Street Journal revealed it.
The three members of Congress who attended, Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Andre Carson of Indiana, and Gregory Meeks of New York, are not discussing their attendance at the dinner. It is commonly believed that Iran has sponsored and trained those repsonsible for attacking and killing American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The revelation comes after it was revealed that Farrakhan met with then-Senator Barack Obama in 2005, again, at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting. A picture taken of the two (shown above) was kept secret by the photographer, who was also a member of the Nation of Islam. He admits he kept the photo secret to avoid negative publicity towards Barack Obama during his presidential run.
Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, noted the three Democrats’ attendance at the time and included photos of Ellison and Meeks at the dinner party. But aside from the Final Call article, the three Democrats’ presence at the dinner remained secret until a Wall Street Journal column revealed it on Friday. None of the three congressmen’s offices responded to The Daily Caller’s request for comment for this article.
Ellison, Meeks and Carson’s attendance at the 2013 dinner is just the latest tie between Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Farrakhan.
One CBC member, Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, defended Farrakhan and praised him as an “outstanding human being” in an interview with TheDC last week. Davis openly admitted to having a personal relationship with Farrakhan in the interview.
Ellison, who is also vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), has previously struggled to put distance between himself and Farrakhan.
Ellison attended Farrakhan’s Million Man March in 1995 and once publicly defended Farrakhan — who has repeatedly called Jews “Satanic” — against charges of anti-Semitism.
After his ties to Farrakhan hindered his campaign for DNC chair last year, Ellison wrote an an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he portrayed his ties to Farrakhan as limited to the 1995 march. Farrakhan disputed that characterization in a video posted to Facebook and said that Ellison and Carson visited him in 2015.
The CBC held a secret meeting with Farrakhan in 2005, where then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama took a smiling picture with the hate group leader. The existence of both the meeting and Obama’s photo with Farrakhan remained secret until last month. A Final Call photographer said he suppressed the photo for 13 years at the CBC’s request, in order to protect Obama’s political career.
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