Lawmaker: Hasan Had Communications With Pakistan

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Texas congressman is expanding on comments made earlier today on wire transfers he said were made between Pakistan and the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood.

Muslim extremists use that nation as a base from which to raise funds and plan terrorists attacks.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin is the ranking Republican member of the House Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee. In an interview with The Associated Press, he says Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan "may have friends or relatives" and the transactions could be totally innocent. However, he says that "if he is wiring money to Pakistan, that could be terrorist financing. If he was receiving money from Pakistan, that is more significant."

In a statement earlier today, McCaul says: "This Pakistan connection just raises more red flags about this case and demonstrates why it's important for Congress to exercise its oversight authority."

Hasan is charged Thursday with 13 counts of premeditated murder in a military court, and Army investigators have said he could face additional charges. His attorney, John Galligan, has said prosecutors have yet to tell him whether they'll seek a death penalty.

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