(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.
It must be Bachmann's Wisconsin connections – her government subsidized farm there and so on, that now also show that she is a grand niece, twice removed, of good ol' Joe McCarthy. My my, and humankind was hoping that the IQ levels of world population would rise.... No such hope, sighs...
Ahhh the sound of silence from most of GOP. And the lead fool is just one of five Repubs who signed the letter.
Can we investigate the infiltration of IDIOTS into the Federal Government. MCcarthyism at it s best. and my last name is McCarthy. Imagine that there are people that actually wanted this woman to be President. Wait wasn't she billed and the darling of the "Tea Party" HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If moderate Republicans (assuming there are any left) don't jettison the right-wing lunatics from the GOP, they're going to drag the party over a cliff. They may not do it today or tomorrow, but the long-term damage is mounting. You simply can't alienate as many groups as the Republicans are alienating and still have a viable mainstream party. Look at the numbers. Most people who identify themselves with the GOP are older. Sooner or later, that generation will be gone, and, the way things are going, there won't be many younger Republicans to replace them.
I GOT IT!!! Michelle Bachmann is Minnesota's reaction to our believing that Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" is a true representation of their state!
Realistically, I have not heard anything as bad as this since I did a paper on McCarthyism for a High School Civics class back in '71. Innuendo, half-truths, wild opinions with no substantiation. And this woman wanted the Republican nomination for President. Thank you, Rick Perry, for knocking her off her pedestal early.
Strange, very strange....what is wrong with these "right-wing" ers.....they have grover nordquist on the brain.....darryl should be investigated...isn't he lebanese? piyush "bobby" jindal should be investigated....isn't he indian? marco rubio should be investigated....isn't he cuban? excuse me but 1st generation immigrants don't amount to much in my book.
also, why aren't they talking about vesting a presidential candidate who have FIVE SONS who have trust funds over $100 000 000....yes, people....what do they have to gain by being in the white house....WAKE UP WORLD
Well, this would explain why Obama is helping al queda take over Libya, Egypt, and next Syria...
@Joe the Defender
You, sir, have just offended monkeys everywhere.
@USOfA No Longer, you should know and quit hiding behind that white sheet.
Let's send Bachman to the Nuremberg Trials (retroactively). She is a crime against humanity!
I remember the tail end of the MCarthy era with Joe McCarthy destroying careers and destablizing government by running around with ungrounded accusations by claiming there were "communists in the government." MCarty self destructed when he went after the US Army. Maybe Bachmann will step too far and end up like McCarthy.
Has she no shame?
MITT ROMNEY is a trickster, liar and schemer.....INVESTIGATE: Mitt Romney, Darryl Issa, Piyush Jindal, Marco Rubio....before things go too far...
Also US Of No Longer if you don't like this country anymore you can move to the moon colony of join Rush in Costa Rica. I bet he will not take you along or spend any of his money on you to assist you in your moving expenses. Git along little doggie, we won't miss you at all.
People in her own party are bashing this thing, and Bachmann urges the media outlets to read. Once this falls around her feet, it will strictly be the media's fault.
GOP has no shame.
Hey John, you're supposed to be the Leader of your party in the House. You SHOULD be admonishing her and the other wingnuts making up this garbage but you are after all the WORST and least effective Speaker in history. Wuss.
Bachmann IS dangerous. Ignorance is dangerous. Arrogance is dangerous. Her actions here are profoundly un-American. And if the people of Minnesota don't vote her out at the next election, one has to wonder what in the world they're thinking. It makes that fine state look like a bunch of boobs as their representative is such a blatant fool.
I predict that before Mad Michelle's term is over she will be taken out of the House Chamber in a straight-jacket by the men in white.
It is so sad seeing how the Republican party is literally tearing itself apart. On one side you have the logical intelligent reasonable people and the other side you have extremists who have no intention of ever engaging with others who do not agree with their extremists views. The Republican Party let itself be taken over by a small bunch of lunatics all for the sake of "winning". Now they are stuck having to apologize and/or stand behind these nut jobs just to save face.
only if we can have mandatory psych exams of members of congress
This woman is a tool of satanic forces. Elitist rhetoric and hate speech. Believes the lies, and perpetrates the lies and this is nothing new in these racist quarters! She is exposed & cares nothing for the consequences, but will most surely reap for the negative seeds she has sown on so many levels. She is trying to bring reproach upon a young woman and her career...just like her heinous relative Joe McCarthy. She better watch her back, her house of cards could fall in at anytime!
Michell's bachman is a nut job. He husband and her need to seek mental help. Her associates should recognize there is something wrong with her and seek help for her, but on second thought they will not because the white coats will keep them also.
That whole white dome building called the capital needs to be cleaned out in November and exterminated for vermin especially Bachman and West. It may need to be exorcised to.
"Iowagirl: Bachmann must go!! Come on Minnesota...I know you are smarter than this-boot her out of office.... "
You have No Idea, iowagirl, about my dear Minnesota relatives... Just got back from there. They are nice people, but perfectly willing to believe any of this Bachmann, Hannity, FlushBimbo, Glen Beck stuff... and then some. It's pretty much hopeless.
Yea "dangerous" BUT what on earth will the repuks do about? NOT a DAYUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM thing!