(CNN) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner called dangerous Thursday a request from members of his own party in Congress to investigate Muslim infiltration in the U.S. government.
Admitting he had not read a letter requesting the investigation, Boehner said "I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous."
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, along with four other Republican members of Congress, formally requested in June that various federal agencies investigate whether the American government has been infiltrated by Muslim extremists.
– Read Bachmann's letter
Among the issues they raise is a claim that long-time aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, has three family members connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and is at risk of being influenced by her family members. The members of Congress want to know how she holds a high level security clearance.
On Thursday, Boehner said he did not know Abedin, but that "everything I do know of her she has a sterling character."
Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain made a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday criticizing the call for an investigation and defending Abedin.
"These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant," McCain said.
"When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it," he added.
State Department spokesman Phillipe Reines called the accusations "nothing but vicious and disgusting lies," in a statement to CNN.
Bachmann, who refused to answer questions from CNN about the letter on Wednesday, said in a statement that her and her colleagues' request was being "distorted."
"I encourage everyone, including media outlets, to read them in their entirety," Bachmann wrote. "The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group's access to top Obama administration officials."
CNN's Kate Bolduan contributed to this report.
Hopefully she will not be re-elected.
I'm not sure which is more discouraging....that there are Michele Bachmanns out there or that there are people who vote for them.
Michelle is stirring up hatred once again....please tell me why this woman thinks she is relevant? She is anti-everything this fine country embodies....she has slandered Obama from day one, has never voted in any important legislation, and clings to the far right like the sour grapes that they are! Thankfully, she will NOT be a position of power as most of us, intelligent hardworking women dismiss her as another delusional repulsive, er republican.
Never in a million years would I allow Michella Bachmann to be around my children but Huma Abedin comes with an outstanding character and I would proudly like to have my children to aspire to such a great and accomplished person. It blows my my mind that Michella Bachmann holds an elected position and is paid by tax payers,she needs to be fired and considered an enemy of the State
This woman and the tparty she represents are a total disgrace to the American people
I read the letters.
It's time for Mrs. Bachman to resign and stick to private life.
This kind of nonsense is reminiscent of the House Un-American Activities Committe under McCarthy.
Guilt by association – your cousin might know somebody bad – is about the most Un-American thing I can think of.
This is the kind of nonsense that lets left of Lenin communist democrats get elected time after time. If the Republicans want to stop the enemies of America's economy from being in charge and destroying it, they"ll have to stop letting enemies of America's very culture and soul pretend to be Republicans.
Read the entire letter!!! She's right.
Read her letter.... read the entire letter!!
This crazy woman has totally lost her mind. Why is she still even in politics?
Minnesota, you got some 'splainin' to do.
And this woman was running for president. I cannot believe she is paid to do this....something is very very wrong in the USA. This is scary.
What is wrong with this nut case called Bachmann a big supported/follower of the Tea Party! She wants to go back to the days of McCartyism. I suspect this is just another smoke screen by the twin of Palin to light the fire under followers who believe all the propaganda thrown at them from the extreme right.
He's Speaker, yet Boehner didn't even bother to monitor the wackiness of his most outlandish troops. It took a decent and courageous man like McCain to step and tell his party it was very wrong and foolish. Boehner can't manage his own people. The GOP lunatic fringe has the Republican party wrapped around their small-minded, mean-spirited fingers. What a crappy leader.
Gee, isn't this coming from the same person who just took a second, foreign citizenship? I would sincerely question Ms. Bachmann's loyalty to the US and her fittness to serve in our government.
Bachmann is a prime example why GOP = POISON, rotting away our future & the core of democracy.
10 out of 10 agree – Bachman is a Witch. Please help MN get rid of her!
I Mitt Romney support this 100%, The Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign Office. Michelle Bachman Treasurer.
It is a shame that Minnesota or Iowa, or wherever Bachmann claims she is from this week, can't hold a referendum and throw her out of office. On the other hand though, as long as she is in office, someone usually knows where she is at all times, keeping an eye on her. Nah, get her out of office. When the spotlight is off of her, then she can do the reality show circuit like Palin then disappear from sight.
Why do you think Minnesotans keep voting her in to office?? What better way to keep her OUT of Minnesota and into DC where she fits in with all the other crazies that reside there!!
I can't for the life of me understand why Minnesotans keep this dingbat in office! You deserve better!
I think the government has been infiltrated by insane bigoted christian extremists.
Just another case of a disturbed individual who continues to hold public office. What does it say about the people who put her into office?
Just a quick note. There are people asking Minnesota to stop voting for her. Please remember that it is ONE district that votes for her. Thankfully, it is not my district.
i think our government is already in a dangerous position with all the christian extremists in government. out with the christian extremists!
She should resign.