(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.
So what exactly is the problem with someone being a Muslim again? When people "accused" Obama as being a Muslim, he should have said, "so what if I was"? The USA is a joke.
I wish we could remove all of the Christians from our government – seriously
The scary thing is that there are lots of people who believe her.
Bachmann and Santorum-two of the most dangerous people in the country.
I'm scared of the people of Minnesotta that elected and keep reelectiong this ignorant and destructive woman. What more do they need to witness her do before they exert their right to vote? I can only reason that these people share her beliefs and most of all her deliberate action to poison this country.
Too bad she is from Minnesota and an embarrassment to this state.She needs to be defeated in the next election and taken off the Intelligence Committee in Washington.
When Bohner calls you out for being too much of a right wing nut-job, you should listen.
Here she was wanting to rlle people up by trying td scare people and insinuate a tie to Obama with extremists = and it wound up biting her in the behind. did the attempt to scare voters work? maybe should have said 9/11.
I saw and heard Bachman in an interview making these accusations. The United States is a country with many different make-ups in regard to Ethnicity, Religion, idea's, backgrounds, yet people like Bachman demonize anyone who is different from her or her beliefs.
Just unbelievable that this nut case has been repeatedly elected to Congress. I'm sure Minnesota has many sane people that would better represent their state.
What is it with Republicans making wild accusations about non-American groups trying to take over the government of the United States. Maybe it is the long winters up in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Republicans are out in the cold campaigning and possibly too many brain cells freeze. They start to think somebody is trying to highjack the country and the next thing you know the Republicans are in Congress talking about Commies and Muslims infiltrating the government.
It is absurdly foolish to think that. All the Muslims would have to do is push forward a conservative candidate (No problem for the radical Muslims, they make the Tea Party look like flaming liberals) drop a boatload of cash to fund him and the Republicans would sell him a Senatorship or House seat, just like they did for Bachmann. No need to sneak at all.
America is a Christian Nation and always will be – careful who we let run our Government....... oh and "eat mor chikin", go chick-fil-a......
Well, if Adolf Hitler's daughter was an aide to the US Secretary of State in 1942.. how would that go over back then?
If the daughter of a senior Soviet Politburo Member was an aide to the US Secretary of State in the 1950's how would that go over back then?
I don't see why you cannot state facts, whether those facts are uncomfortable or not.
Huma Abedin is senior adviser and aide to Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State. She is also the wife of disgraced US Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Is Huma’s mother, Saleha Abedin a member of the woman's fraction of the Muslim Brotherhood?
Does Huma's brother Hassan Abedin sit in on the board of the Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies (OCIS) and therefore is a fellow and partners with a number of Muslim Brotherhood members on the Board, including Al-Qaeda associate, Omar Naseef and the notorious Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi?
They say you can not bring this up because you are portraying her as guilty by association.
Well, if the granddaughter of Joseph Mengeles was being considered as Chair of the Holocaust Museum.. would you not mention her association??
Why is she running away from the media? Shame on her. She was vying to be President and spewing such venom? How will she feel if this hard working, intelligent lady was her daughter. Character assasination on unfounded allegations is tantamount to stupidity. But there again she probably has patented "stupidity" , "racism" and " intorelant" all on the same day. Shame on her!
That Michelle may be on to something..............
Gads, the Republican's will evidently go to any length to derail this election and attempt to shift public focus away from crucial issues. Disgusting ...
How the heck does BACHMANN HAVE A SEAT in Congress? HOW? WHO VOTED FOR HER? Good lord what a waste of a seat.
How the heck does BACHMANN have a seat in Congress? WHO VOTED FOR HER? Good lord, what a waste of a seat!
"Madam Congresswoman, you are relieved of your duties."
See how easy it is?
Welcome to the new GOP. These people should be quarantined and kept away from human beings.
She is the Rush Limbaugh of the House. Anything to get her name on the front page. The more ridiculous the better. she makes me ashamed that the GOP tolerates her idiocy.
Bachman is the woman I can think of anytime someone says, "who's the Dumbest woman you know"? What is wrong with her? Even McCain stands up for this stellar aide! Bachman needs to just go away! What a racist!!
At what point do Americans stand in front of Congress and say enough? A revolution was fought because of intrusive rules. This woman and her stupid ideas go agianst everything she claims to stand for – less government interferenceI say we establish a test for all politicians to find out two things- are they smart enough to make laws and to see if they are mentally sound.
It is a sad state of affairs, when lawmakers like this freak, state opinions soley based on what news media reports, as facts, and call for action on everybody's dime. What a nucklehead...
Its time we create some minimum standards for people that run for office.