(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.
Another Red Herring from the fear mongers, nothing will come of this because it was done for the sound-bite and nothing more. Besides didn't she mean a hunt for terrorists? not Muslims,we already have duly elected Muslims in Government..unless she wants some kind of Inquisition and perhaps a National Religion?Speaking of religion did you know that Mormons are NOT Christians either..maybe we should root out all non-Christians running for President-this is the "dangerous" part Boehner was referring to.
If Bachmann is wrong, then let an investigation proceed to expose her!
Ms. Bachmann should be censored along with the other four or five republican men who publicly joined her cause, and they should all apologize to Ms Abedin from the well of the House. Then they all should resign since they act like more like juveniles than representatives of people who place their trust in serious matters of the country.
That is what happens when the woman gets frustrated for not winning the nomination, She goes postal and throws accusations. Palin went and started a TV show. These crazies should not be elected. Really show how discerning we can be when choosing our elected officials
Several years ago, and I can't remember who, but 3 Senators/Congressmen, 2 males and 1 female had requested an investigation. So this isn't new.
She's just upset because her husband can no longer be a boy scout leader.
Ahhhh,… the joys of Democracy.
Democracy is great when the electorate is highly educated/informed and no so great when the opposite is true. The election of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman is a reflection of the level of ignorance in the population.
If America continues to put these nitwits in office, you will be no better than the third world where bafoons rule.
Its no doubt that fear and hate is fueling republican extremism in Washington and across the country. Its so sad that since the election of our nation's first African-American President and the re-emergence of the Tea Party thereafter, Jim Crow has once again returned to our mainstream culture. And the presence of people like Ms. Bachmann in our government serves no practical purpose whatsoever but to divide, disrupt and undermine the fabric of our democracy.
I think congress has been infiltrated by some anti-americans. they call themselves republicans. they should be investigated.
Bachmann... hmmm... wonder what her religion is?? We need to keep religion out of politics altogether!! This woman is a witch and as anti -American as they come!!
Oxymoron: Bachman on the Intelligence Committee!
Kudos to John McCain for rejoining the small but sane faction of republicans who are still fit to govern. I wonder, was it therapy or thorazine?
Boehner, well, I guess I'll take the bare minimum over nothing.
And this lunatic was running for President? She's not even qualified to be president of the school board. Imagine if this wacko became president; talk about paranoia. How the h*ll did she make it to congress? Oh, it's the tea party – that collection of rational people. God help us!
I swear there is something in the drinking water, people has lost it
I love Michele Backmann – I think she is a great spokesperson. And she is always right, if you don't believe me, just ask her. She will tell you she is always right – that is FAR RIGHT...looks like another "Tail-Gunner Joe". Every 40 to 60 years, they do come out of the woodwork.
Well done Michelle and well done Minnesota
Michelle needs to resign from the govt and seek mental health treatment-How can voters legitimatly send her again to Washington-RESIGN -mini McCarthy
It pains me to say it but or the first time I will be voting party line...Democratic Party, that is. Bachmann and her ilk scare the heck out of me!
Bachmann has crossed the line from stupidity to being dangerous. She needs to be removed.
I knew it !!!!! Bachmann IS the reincarnated Joe McCarthy with breasts !!!!
Good people of Minnesota, PLEASE vote this Bachmann lunitic out of office asap. She is off her rocker and has been for a long time.
America. Are you really going to hand power off to these wingnut crazies?
This woman and her co-horts in hate are mentally ill. They need to be removed from office and committed. Mr. Speaker, you are congratulated for speaking out but certainly NOT as forcefully as you should have. You should have said there is no place in our government for this kind of rhetoric and lies. Cleanse our government of these idiots. They are a waste of taxpayers time and money.
I wonder if the people who voted for her will again? If so, Bachmann is not the problem she is the symptom!
Apparently, people, in bachmann's district, have no pride, whatsoever, or for that matter, any class or integrity.
Michelle, you didn't win the run for President for a reason. Now you don't get to tell the President who to appoint.