State Department reviews dicey visa

The State Department is reviewing how it granted a visa to an Egyptian lawmaker who met with top Obama administration officials and is known to be a member of a terrorist group.

Hani Nour el-Din, during a recent visit by lawmakers elected since the Egyptian revolution, met with Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

El-Din is a member of Gamaa Islamiya, now a registered party, but during the regime of Hosni Mubarak was an armed Islamist group that clashed with authorities.

El-Din told the Daily Beast/Newsweek, which broke the story, that he was not a terrorist and he was targeted for political reasons. — jta