Texas congressman: Fort Hood shooter had Pakistan 'connection'

The suspected shooter at last week's Ft. Hood massacre had a "connection" to Pakistan, a Texas lawmaker said Friday.

Rep. Mike McCaul (R) suggested a financial relationship between Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and Pakistan, a country long plagued by terror groups, including al-Qaeda.

"There appears to have been a Pakistan connection," McCaul said in a statement provided to The Hill. "It raises more red flags about this case and demonstrates why it’s important for Congress to exercise its oversight authority.”

In an earlier statement to the Dallas Morning News, McCaul described "communications and wire transfers" between Hasan and Pakistani sources.

McCaul's revelation comes as Hasan's actions have been characterized as terrorism by some lawmakers and as President Barack Obama has ordered a review of intelligence about Hasan existing before his rampage last Thursday on the Army base.

Hasan, a devout Muslim, had been under investigation by federal authorities for having allegedly tried to contact representatives of terrorist groups.

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