Rep. Meeks’ Links to Jihadists Get Scrutiny

Meeks photoRep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) lobbied against the federal investigation of a Muslim professor whose charity is suspected of funding Osama bin Laden, according to 2006 documents.

The congressman appealed to several federal agencies on behalf of Islamic scholar Anwar Hajjaj, and complained that the terror-linked teacher dealt with “unwarranted scrutiny” when he returned through U.S. airports from trips to Middle Eastern countries.

According to letters obtained by the New York Post, Meeks described Hajjaj as a “highly regarded” scholar who led Friday prayers on Capitol Hill. The congressman also called the professor “a pioneer in distance-based learning of Islam” at the American Open University, in a letter to former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

The Post reported that Hajjaj has run two charities that were co-founded by Osama bin Laden’s nephew and are accused of funding al Qaeda. The teacher formerly headed the Taibah International Aid Association, and was …