Neither Attorney General Eric Holder nor White House officials played a role in the decision not to prosecute a case connected to a controversial Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the U.S. Attorney in Dallas told The Dallas Morning News.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said last week on Fox News that “either Eric Holder, or someone very close to him in the Justice Department, killed that indictment, wouldn’t allow it to go forward.” Holder said Tuesday that he did not make the final decision to decline to prosecute a CAIR official, identified in news reports as co-founder Omar Ahmad, in an earlier terrorism financing case against a Texas-based Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.
“Since late 2007, I am the only attorney in this office that was involved in the investigation he referred to,” Northern District of Texas U.S. Attorney James Jacks wrote in a statement to the newspaper. “If someone is telling him that the attorney general or the White House intervened to decline a prosecution in this matter, he is being misinformed. That did not happen.”
Jacks is a court-appointed U.S. Attorney; President Barack Obama has not nominated anyone to serve in the position.
Despite the U.S. Attorney’s statement, a King spokesman told The Morning News that the congressman stands by his claims. The spokesman said King has received reliable information that FBI agents and prosecutors had “vehement” objections to meddling from officials in D.C.
Holy Land Foundation members were found guilty in a 2008 trial on charges of supporting Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group. Case evidence indicated that CAIR had its roots in a U.S.-based fundraising and political support network for Hamas, which itself is rooted in the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR founders were part of a larger U.S.-based Islamist movement created around the Muslim Brotherhood that was unchallenged before the Sept. 11 attacks.
The George W. Bush administration that initially declined to prosecute the case connected to CAIR. Holder said the Obama administration conducted an examination of the Bush decision
“The decision to indict or not indict a case is based upon an analysis of the evidence and the law,” Jacks, a U.S. Attorney since 2009, wrote in his statement. “That’s what happened in this case.”