(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.
The Republican Party is so totally out of control it is sickening.These people really and truely need to be taken out of office of the United States period. They have shown such disrespect of this country it is no more going to be tolerated at any level.And yes, call it what you may.......but the facts are is that we have our first Black President and they do NOT want a BLACK anything leading this country and will do,say,and act anyway possible until he is OUT of the W/H.If this democracy does not do something about these people we are going to have huge revolutions all over this country.The Republican / T-Party has gone to,to far now !
Extremists can be a nasty word. But you should not restrict yourself just to Muslims. You go across the country you can find most religions with extremists. Also, most political parties, I think we should show and example and start with the parties.
Taran, you are wrong to believe that idiot
As a Minnesotan, I have to say Michele Bachman is an embarrassment to most people of this state. I have no idea why her district re-eected her, but hopefully that will change soon. She is flat-out nutty, and that becomes more apparent all the time. She obviously has no judgment or common sense and she proves it every time she opens her mouth.
Finally, I have a point of agreement with Boehner and McCain! Bachmann should be ashamed.
congress is full of half cocked sobs period, most called themselves patriotic and christian, but aar more extremist(Bachman), and self-serving than any other time in American history,
Just think, Bachmann will retire and be paid a pension for life in return for her service to the America people! We need a third party, the two party system is killing our country. We have decayed into two extremes with no cooperation, no common sense and a strangle hold on our pocketbook. Michele is but one of number of nut cases hatched out of the incest of two parties continually inbreeding.
Duct tape has many uses, please utilize this advanced modern tool to stop the archaic baseless rhetoric that is a complete embarrassment to the United states being spewed out, with thoughtless care on how this affects good people of the us. And I would ask if she has any concept on how such defamatory statements has affected good people based on history but we all know MB, by her high profile references to history, seems to have never opened a history book
Glad to see McCain found his backbone on this one. It has been sorely lacking recently, e.g., the Disclose bill.
what's wrong with the Muslim faith, congress is full so called christians, that participate in insider trading, set up delibrate roadblocks to good legislation
There are many whack jobs in this world. I'll be very concerned if this one gets re-elected.
Our officials are a reflection of the electorate. Yeah... a lot of it is due to misinformation, ignorance or blind faith in ideals. In the most diverse country on the planet, only complete understanding can make this country strong.
the GOP bringing out the FEAR CARD!! Now why does this sound so familiar?
She is definately a wack job....
Like I have said before these crazies need to be rounded up and thrown in jail before someone really gets hurt.
Conservatives, please remind me again how Dems don't like Bachmann solely because they are "afraid of strong, conservative women".
Michelle Bachmann = Epic Fail!
The greatest threat to America is the out of control, paranoid, anti-American TP and those who buy its propaganda without question or thought.
This type of liberal leftist response is why the military didn't look into the Ft. Hood shooter and consider the possibility that he had been turned against his country. How many died and were injured for life because they failed to take the threat seriously? After the Ft. Hood shooting, there are real concerns that the military has been infiltrated by muslim extremists. Why do you think they would not target our government agencies? Kooks like many in here provide them with the perfect cover.
Bachmann and her ilk should all be kicked out of Congress and maybe the country. Talk about un-American. These clowns are as un-American is you can get. They are nothing more than delusional paranoid fools.
This isn't the GOP, this is the T-Party...This moron must not have heard of Joseph Mccarthy. Unless she has specific evidence and is willing to show it this is nothing more than a witch hunt.
The only extremeist in the US government are these hack tea party house members who all have their tin foil hats on a little too tight. I would be embarasses to have voted for one of these fools. Come on America, let's put a little thought into our vote, if you did I bet Bachmann wouldn't be in DC next year.
It's a shame that Joseph Welch isn't around anymore.
The woman is a moron (and part of the GOP line of grumpy old men and witchy women). If she is reelected, I will never set foot int he state of Minnesota. What a bunch of wackos.
The Repubican party has already been infiltrated by Right Wing Christian Extremists.....but that's all fine and dandy I guess. It's not terrorism if you bomb an aborition clinic or beat up gays.