The Investigative Project reported on May 7th that Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Kyl (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) wrote to the FBI on February 24, 2009 for more information regarding the FBI's severing of ties with CAIR, a national Islamic organization which grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas infrastructure in America:
"..The Investigative Project on Terrorism was the first to report on the FBI's decision to break communication with CAIR. That story cited an Oct. 8, 2008 letter from the head of the FBI's Oklahoma City field office, who canceled a meeting of local Muslim community groups because of CAIR's involvement.
...Evidence from the Hamas-support trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) placed CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad in a group called the Palestine Committee. Internal documents show the committee was created by the Muslim Brotherhood to advance the Hamas cause politically and financially in the United States...'
On April 28, 2009, the FBI responded to their letter:
"...During that trial, evidence was introduced that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders (including its current President Emeritus and its Executive Director) and the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and HAMAS, which was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995. In light of that evidence the FBI has suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and the FBI.
The FBI's decision to suspend formal contacts was not intended to reflect a wholesale judgment of the organization and its entire membership. Nevertheless, until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner..."
On May 7th CAIR's Omar Ahmad, the former Chairman Emeritus of the board (archived page from 2007) announced he was stepping down from the board all together.