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Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said on Sunday that he did not claim met with or spoken to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan since 2013, despite the anti-Semitic minister, that the members of Congress, visited him in the Farrakhan in Washington, DC suite more recently.
Ellison, the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, wrote in a blog post on Medium, “I don’t have and have never had a relationship with Mr. Farrakhan, but I’m in the same room with him.” According to Ellison, he and Farrakhan President Hassan Rouhani “and nearly 50 others attended the same meeting in New York with Iran.”
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Ellison said he used to push the meeting “for the release of U.S. political prisoners,” he called. The Congressman added that he “know, Mr. Farrakhan would not be speaking it to him at the event.”
“In contrast to the last reports, I have not wrote in every encounter with him since then, and he and I have no communication of any kind,” Ellison.
Ellison the article claims Farrakhan speaks in an interview on the West Welles Facebook page in December 2016. At the time, said Farrakhan interviewer Munir Muhammad, Ellison and Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., “visited my suite and we sat talking as you and I talk.”
Farrakhan did not specify when the meeting with Ellison, and Carson found. The Indianapolis Star reported that Carson met with Farrakhan in 2015. The Washington Post reported that Carson had met with Farrakhan in 2016 “to discuss critical issues that are important to my constituents and all Americans.”
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A spokeswoman for Carson did not immediately respond to questions from Fox News about the meeting, even if it has taken place, whether Carson and Ellison met with Farrakhan, together or separately, and whether or not Ellison’s article was right or wrong.
Farrakhan drew a counter-reaction after a speech in Chicago last month, when he said such things as “powerful Jews are my enemies,” and “the Jews are responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood turn puts men into women and women into men.” After that, the conservative publication The Daily Caller reported that seven congressional lawmakers – all Democrats and are all part of the Black Caucus, including Ellison, had current or past ties to the Minister.
Ellison also denied what he called Farrakhan is “intolerant and divisive language” to the Jewish people.
“I believe that my many years of struggle and the condemnation of all prejudice, including anti-Semitism, no matter what the source, should speak for itself,” he wrote. “But who’s going to have me guilty by false association to ignore to hard.”
In the year 2016, Facebook video, Farrakhan critized Ellison for distancing himself from Farrakhan when he ran for Congress and when he tried, the leadership of the DNC after the election in 2016.
“If [Ellison] has to bash me in order to get a job, help yourself, brother,” Farrakhan said. “Say what you think, get your DNC job. But you have not let me an atom’s weight. What he has done, is reduced. He cannot say that he does not follow me at once … He can’t say that we have done something to harm him or his ambition.”
Fox News, ” Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.