Congressman Peter King (R-NY) told Politico Tuesday that "he's not planning to call as witnesses such Muslim community critics as the Investigative Project on Terrorism's Steve Emerson and Jihad Watch's Robert Spencer, who have large followings among conservatives but are viewed as antagonists by many Muslims." Instead, King plans to call people with "the real life experience of coming from the Muslim community," including Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), as well as ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Muslim reformer M. Zuhdi Jasser.
In "King Abdicates" in The American Thinker Thursday, Pamela Geller declared that all this indicated that King's hearings would be a "show trial." Emerson, she pointed out, "knows who all the players are and what groups and cells they are affiliated with. He knows who everyone is and what he's doing. For King to acquiesce in his marginalization is almost criminal." And as for Ellison, Geller noted that he is "infamous for his pro-Hamas rallies and his pilgrimage to the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, paid for by the Muslim Brotherhood."