Boehner calls Bachmann accusations 'pretty dangerous'
July 19th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
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Boehner calls Bachmann accusations 'pretty dangerous'

(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.

Filed under: John Boehner • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (436 Responses)
  1. Joe the Defender

    Lets hope those morons won't re-elect her again to Congress. If they do, then we can get exact counts of wackos and single them out in national stage. She is definately dumb and have a IQ of a monkey.

    July 19, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Ben

    AIPAC words from Bachmann's mouth. AIPAC should be the target of the investigation.

    July 19, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. phoodphite

    Poor people of Minnesota probably always feeling like they want to go poopey having endured that reptilian thing as their representative for so long.

    July 19, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Michael

    US trusted Musharaff- believed his statements- Now it is well known that Bin Laden's palace was built with his silent approval.-he always lied that Bin Laden would have been dead due to his kidney problems.

    July 19, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. sbp

    Hah, ha, "this type of liberal leftist responses..." by Boehner and McCain. Well, but the Rush Limbaugh definition, those 2 ARE liberals.

    July 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Mike

    I think we should investigate whether the ghost of Joseph McCarthy has possessed Michelle Bachmann.

    July 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. US of A NoLonger

    good for her, she's got more ba11s than any one of you guys. While they are at it, investigate Hussein's position IN the Muslim Brotherhood....or Social Communist ties....or that he isn't even an american. he works fo rus, we have a right to know these things

    July 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Oregon

    More white trash from the mentality now dominating GOP politics.

    July 19, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. AgrippaMT

    Michelle Bachmann proves once again that she is both a loony and a racist bigot.

    July 19, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Alina1

    Bachmann is turning in dirt everything her filthy fingers are touching.

    July 19, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    Michelle Bachmann is in SERIOUS need of professional help! What a paranoid nutjob!

    July 19, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. phyllis

    I wonder about the people of Minnesota, putting someone as crazy as this loon, is in the congress..........What were they thinking???????
    They were not thinking, this is a case of the blind leading the blind......Hate and fear mongers, it all this is..........
    This idiot needs to voted out of office........and to never return.......peace out.........Obama Biden 2012 yea.......

    July 19, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Principal1953

    Arrest or impeach Bachmann. Better yet meds and a psychiatric placement are probably more appropriate

    July 19, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Sue

    FYI – Christians, Jews AND Muslims all believe in the same god. Incredible how much they hate each other.

    July 19, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Jeff Thompson

    Tough to put the genie back in the bottle, right GOP?

    July 19, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. John The Electrician

    Romney-Bachman 2012

    July 19, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Frank

    It's ok with me, but only if we also do an investigation into the infiltration of Christian extremists.

    July 19, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. sad4willis

    Oh, poor Boehner! Since he denounced it, he is now complicit in the conspiracy as well!

    July 19, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. bdm

    Schizophrenia (/ˌskɪtsɵˈfrɛniə/ or /ˌskɪtsɵˈfriːniə/) is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by poor emotional responsiveness.[1] It most commonly manifests itself as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.

    July 19, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. mullah omar

    silly americans... do you think terrorists only come to attack you wearing exploding underwear? there are people all around you that you would not supect of being a threat, until they are told to act.. why not your government? thank you for helping the cause with your outrage.

    July 19, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. yogi

    Dumbness is glorified in the republican party.

    July 19, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. zip

    What's more disturbing is the fact that millions of people think she is the best thing ever. God, America really is one gigantic trailer park.

    July 19, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Lenny Pincus

    First off, this is the flake who actually led the Republican presidential candidate race for a while. Second, she has been saying weird, psychotic stuff like this for years, and Boehner finally got around to listening? What a pack of maroons.

    July 19, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. John N Florida

    Michelle had better watch out. Boehner can move her 'office' to a janitor's closet if he wants to.

    July 19, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Ludwig

    McCarthyism at its finest.

    July 19, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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