(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.
When Boehner agrees with McCain, tools like Bachmann should pay attention.
Only if we can also investigate Evangelical Extremist Influence in our government.
Word has it Romney has his money in the same bank as the top drug dealers and terrorists. My friends sister's doctor's cousin said so.
If that's not slander what is.
Do you think that Romney doesn't want to release his returns because if he did...his church might realize that he hasn't been giving them 10% after all????
bohner admits he does not know the muslim woman, and yet has no problem calling bachman's request for inquiry dangerous. why would he not say he would look into that? we can not afford to take chances when the nation is at war on terror. may be bohner does not feel we are at war because republicans dont serve in the army.
People should get off Michele Bachmanns back. She is the only elected member of Congress that is serving on an Out Patient basis. They let her out of the Looney Farm to work in Congress.
She has to be first investigate with two citizensships.
Let's all hear it for McCarthy Bachman! The rise and fall of the newest crop of 'Red-baiters' can't come fast enough.
And don't let the other four co-authors escape attention either:
Louie Gohmert – TX
Trent Franks – AZ
Thomas Rooney – FL
Lynn Westmoreland – GA
All of them should be drummed out of office summarily in the next election.
Well I see that the GOP is populated by McCarthy look alikes. I thought that the American people had gone beyond this lowness. Guess the Republican party proved me wrong. Vote these lowlifes out and vote in real Americans.
Bachmann needs to focus on Todd and Sarah Palin's terrorist associations in Alaska...of which they think should be it's own country...now that sounds pretty unAmerican to me...this is just a favor by Michelle to be a smokescreen for Todd and Sarah's upcoming federal court date with the judge that can't be manipulated by the politics...follows law...it will be a historic in corruptions in politics...kind of like Madoff and Sandusky mix of crimes in Alaska...couple blog sites to see...mudflats...and Mali a litman...those will coinfirm the above...concentrate on that..instead of helping rap in Palin dodge the tax bullets...cover ups are exposed honey...your going down with them too...
Bachmann is a discrace to America. People in other countries use this type of hate filled retoric to recruit people to attack or Soilders and citizens. If She gets reelected I will be suprised.
I am from Minnesota and the sane people in this state want nothing to do with Bachmann. Everytime she opens her mouth she embarrasses all of the people in the state of Minnesota. I cringe everytime she opens her mouth as she will always make a fool of herself. We are just hoping she continues to spew her foolish remarks as maybe the people in her district will finally see she has nothing to offer them or the country.
Notice that Bachmann did not mention Grover Norquist's muslim wife or the muslim foundation he started for her here in the U..S.A. She better watch out or Norquist will be sending out a hit squad for insulting his wife's religion and Americans of muslim faith here in the melting pot of the world.
Bachmann is not intelligent. She is a formenter of evil to take to the heat off of her lack of worth to anyone. The good people of Minnesota who voted for this fool should censored for five years as punishment for inflicting this lunatic on the rest of us. Bachmann is so unAmerican and so unChristian it is a wonder why someone somewhere hasn't punched her in her lying evil mouth. What a disgrace she is to this nation.
Those other Teabaggers who stood with her on this should also be voted out. They are an imminent danger to this security of this country and inciters of evil acts against American citizens.
Who better to start a witch-hunt than a witch? Michelle Bachmann practices the black arts, and should be rooted out and burned! Burn the witch! Burn the witch!
Almost anyone with an R after their name in congress is "pretty dangerous".
Just goes to show you how these right wing neo- con fascist think.Put these people in power and you can kiss our democracy good bye.
Did she think this crazy idea would get her the Vp GOP nod? Sounds like she just needed to get herself out there for attention.
The unhinged GOBP had big fun with the Eric Holder witchunt. They will continue until they are stopped. November would be the perfect time to do so.
Why do the people of MN keep electing this psycho? We had to endure her psycho-babble during the last election and now she's at it again. There is REALLY something wrong with this woman.
Bachmann is totally unstable. Part of the Great Walmart Revolution
I'd like to know why the muslim brotherhood leadership visited the White House to speak to obama on several occasions. what does our dear President have to talk about to an organization that has been tied to terrorism.
You people are like children still defending your team (political party). When will you understand BOTH sides are corrupt? That BOTH sides are just as bad? Leave the team! It's very simple, Divide and Conquer. You are divided into dems or reps and you are conquered.
This lady is no American. More of our taxpayer money being spent on politcs.