UPDATE by way of Gateway Pundit.
Reuters reported: The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidency, Khairat al-Shater, declared that introducing sharia law would be his “first and final” objective if he wins elections in May and June....
Yahoo News Canada (AFP) -- White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt's presidential election.
The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National Security Council staff was part of a series of US efforts to broaden engagement with new and emerging political parties following Egypt's revolution last year, a US official said.
The White House pointed out that Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, and other US lawmakers and officials had also met with Brotherhood representatives in Egypt and elsewhere in recent months.
"We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence," said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.
Arutz Sheva: "The meeting was at the initiative of the Americans..."
IPT News says the Brotherhood received its initial invitation to America from Georgetown University's Saudi-funded Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and reminds us that the 'Brotherhood' is the mother of HAMAS.
.... Support for Hamas has been illegal in the United States since 1995, when President Bill Clinton signed an executive order decrying "grave acts of violence committed by foreign terrorists that disrupt the Middle East peace process" and threaten American national security.
At the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential, Joel Gehrke sez the White House Press Secretary is "defensive" about officials meeting the Muslim Brotherhood.
'Mike' comments: "The treason continues."