California Dem hits Trump Jr. over claims of links to extremist groups

California Dem hits Trump Jr. over claims of links to extremist groups
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A California Democrat hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE's eldest son on Thursday after Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHillicon Valley: Cyber, tech takeaways from Mueller report | Millions of Instagram passwords exposed internally by Facebook | DHS unrolling facial recognition tech in airports | Uber unveils new safety measures after student's killing Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered Mueller considered charging campaign aides in Trump Tower meeting but lacked evidence MORE accused the candidate of links to extremist groups through the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group.

Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat running to replace Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterChallenger outraises embattled California rep ahead of 2020 rematch Republican's campaign accused of racism for referring to Palestinian opponent as a 'national security threat' McCarthy holds courtesy meeting with ex-Rep. Grimm MORE (R-Calif.), tweeted a picture of himself meeting then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015, questioning Trump Jr. whether he could explain why his father was meeting with a so-called "terrorist sympathizer" if the allegations were true.

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His tweet followed a message from Trump Jr. calling CAIR, which Campa-Najjar has donated to, a "radical Islamist group."

"Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr, before retweeting @BreitbartNews charged allegations — might want to check with POTUS. I was given security clearance from the FBI in 2013 and met with @realDonaldTrump in 2015. Do you think your father met with a terrorist sympathizer? Doubt it," responded Campa-Najjar.

CAIR has fended off allegations from right-wing organizations including Breitbart News in the past over its alleged affiliations with Hamas, the Palestinian militant group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. CAIR has repeatedly denied any affiliation with Hamas, and has condemned its terrorist activities.

Campa-Najjar's race against Hunter received nationwide attention after Hunter was indicted earlier this year on charges of misusing about $250,000 in campaign funds, while vowing to remain in the race.