(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.
Please explain to me why would anyone listen to anything that Bobble Head Bachman has to say. She is a Certifiable Lunatic!
Better get a grip on your caucus there Mr. Speaker........the loonies are out of their cages and roaming the countryside. My question is, who are the people that keep sending nuts like Bachmann back to congress? The chickens are coming home to roost for the GOP.......never should have let those tea party types take center stage in your party. You might have gotten an immediate bump in the 2010 elections, but the price you paid (integrity & respectability) is too high and will hurt you in 2012 and beyond.
Michele Bachmann has Prove once again that she Is a Idiot ,and has No business In Government. And I would bet that Michele Bachmann and the other four are all TEA PARTY MEMBER.
Don't worry Mr. Bohner. The American voters will sweep out all the looney GOPee'rs out of office on Nov. 6th!
Our government has indeed been infiltrated, but with people more dangerous than Muslims or communists. They call themselves the "Tea Party", and they are out to destroy America.
>Has the speaker grown a pair????
The sad (scary) part is that there are so many American voters that believe all of the bizarre things that come out of Bachmann's mouth.
Really, really scary.
They only thing she wrote on that letter is her signature. Who completed the letter and told her were to sign? WAC A DO!
When Mr. Boehner says some thing is "dangerouse", it is clear that he does not mean "it could hurt the American people" and what he really means by that statement is that it so exteremly nutty and over the top it could hurt the GOP brand. Well Mr. Boehner, you are too late ... after the tea Party took over the GOP ... the GOP brand is dirt. Only a few supid people and greedy 1%er still support the GOP, whereas real conservatives, reasonable people, and independent miding folks are fleeing in droves.
Bachmann & Co played the same game in 2010 but this year presidential election also, It may hurt Romney
Boehner has to go against his party member because he don’t have choice
I always thought people in Minny had a good deal of common sense and intelligence. Seem like I am wrong as this is the only reason why anyone would vote for this less than primitive person to office. Bachman is the shame of Minny. Get rid of her, even if it's another Republican.
Bachmann is the sick face of 'Christian' Conservatism in 2012 America.
See what has happened to the Republican party when a black man becomes President, they become even more unhinged than they normally are. If he wins reelection I hope we have enough medication in stock for them because they will certainly need it.
Bachmann's attempt to distract the Public from Romney's Tax Return, and Outsourcing of Jobs....IT won't work!
Good for Rollins. Someone who knows Bauchman too well.
She put bombs in her mouth, anytime she opens it, she hurts someone.
She could easily blow up the entire GOP.
Bachmann rode in with and is being carried along by the wonderfully open-minded people of the Tea Party. Some, of which, in former days denied black people the vote unless they could answer 12 questions.
So many people that choose not to listen. Bachmann happens to be right this time.
If I ever become Governor of Minnesota, the first thing I will do is sign a bill ordering the immediate deportation of Michelle Bachmann from Minnesota. She is a disgrace to our state.
I appreciate John McCain stepping away from the darkness and showing the great American he can be outside of Tea Party world. Good for Boehner too in standing up to Bachman & the nuts in his party – hope he doesn't back down like he has so many times before.
Hmm, MB=Michele Bachmann, MB=Muslim Brotherhood. OMG she has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood! Call the FBI.
It is important not to misinterpret what Boehner meant.
What he meant was Bachmann’s comments are dangerous for the Republican Party – the Speaker and the GOP do not care about anything or anyone else – especially Muslims or Muslim-Americans.
Michelle is such a fine judge of people that she thinks her husband is hetersexual! It's like Joe McCarthy time again.
This dingbat is not only stupid, but evil. How can sane people vote for destructive idiots like her?
Someone forgot to lock the gate on these folks... the loonies are loose again.
Good speech by McCain. He's a good guy. And I don't really like Boehner, but kudos to him for trying to reign in this idiocy. For shame, Bachmann!
The only sensible thing Speaker Boehner has said since becoming Speaker. Now Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs?
OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!!