House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., is asking the Obama administration why a member of a known Egyptian terrorist group was issued a visa and traveled to take part in high-level meetings at the White House and U.S. State Department.
Hani Nour Eldin is a newly elected member of the Egyptian parliament and a member of a the terror group Gamaa Islamiya, which means "the Islamic group."
Eldin was one of six Egyptian lawmakers the Woodrow Wilson Center think tank invited to participate in talks about the volatile political climate in Egypt.
"I am aware that there may be legitimate diplomatic reasons to grant a member of a designated foreign terrorist organization a visa to visit the United States, such as, for example, in furtherance of peace negotiations," King wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"However, the nature of Eldin's visit suggests an absence of full vetting rather than a policy choice, or perhaps a break-down in the screening missions of and coordination among our federal agencies," he added.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland insists the Egyptian delegation was subjected to a full set of security screenings.
"Those screenings do depend, however, on the integrity of the information that's available to us at the time we do screen," she said. "This particular case is one that we are now looking into."