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. NauticalMan

    Ms. Bachmann is either deliberately ignorant or is just an extreme wingnut in the already way out there Tea Party/Regressive Party.

    July 19, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. DavidM

    And I guess she has a "Muslim Solution" like Hitler had for the Jews. Un-american is too nice a word for her.

    July 19, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Very Dangerous Women

    She is very smart, a fruitcake yes but smart intelligence wise.

    July 19, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. bcm

    She is extremely ignorant. Look at that makeup – Is it Halloween already??

    July 19, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Bob

    The Muslim Brotherhood and "other radical groups' access to top Obama administration officials". Really Michelle? The Tea Party isn't radical?

    July 19, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. joe dokes

    We've already been down this road with HUAC. We don't need to go there again. Pitting American against American means everyone loses. Boehner should be demanding a complete retraction of this letter BUT he doesn't want to alienate one single member of the Republican base. Guess what, Mr. Boehner, if you are against this kind of thinking, take a firm stand against it and be willing to withstand the inevitable wailing from the Tea Party.

    July 19, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. ObamaJoe

    Bachmann is the best GOP in Congress,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When she says it,,,,,,,,,,,,she really believes it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That's the qulity of kid of GOD,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 19, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. joet

    The only possible explanation is she's channeling Joe McCarthy.

    July 19, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009

    "I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter." –Rep. Michele Bachmann

    July 19, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. ObamaJoe

    Who can save Mitt from tax return,,,,,,,,,,????????,,,,,

    Only,,,,,,,Ms. Bachmann !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. ObamaJoe

    Who will be the running mate of Mitt,,,,,,,,,,????????,,,,,

    ,,,,,,Ms. Bachmann !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. TomNPitt

    I'd like to see someone investigate why Bachman had 27 foster kids. There's something in thisthat doesn't pass the stink test.How much money was she given to raise all these kids?? What other perks did she lign up on this deal??

    July 19, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. wolf1

    No the Muslim Brotherhood has a "solution" to us in the West, who are the problem. The Muslim Brotherhood historically was allied with Hitler. Ironic, isn't it?

    July 19, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. ART

    Crazy Crazy for being so looney

    July 19, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. tonyl

    Bachmann, Palin, Santorum, Gingrich, McConnell and Boehner are a disgrace to America. Just imagine if we had some one from these crazy loons occupy the white house, we would have a right wing police state.

    July 19, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. bob

    Can we possibly get some atheists to infiltrate our government?

    July 19, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. jake

    michele 'mccarthy" bachman: "i have here a list of 300 muslims that have infiltrated the government.........."

    July 19, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. ObamaJoe

    Who cares republican House Speaker John Boehner ???

    Guys ,,,,,,,Please ,,please ,support ,,,,,,Ms. Bachmann !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Observer91

    Absolutely rediculous.

    July 19, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. ObamaJoe

    have fun 🙂

    July 19, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Malo5524

    I am still in awe how someone with the minder of this idiot Michelle Bachman is an elected official of our country. It's sad, I am an Afghan born American who has served in the U.S Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a proud Muslim and proud American it's sad to see this kind of ignorance and bigotry in our elected officials . This sorry excuse of an elected official doesn't represent the true values of our great country!

    July 19, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. MikeL

    Bachmann is acting on information supplied by FBI and CIA agents that say their training manuals are being scrubbed of information on radical Islam in a dangerous way. Muslim brotherhood has been hired into homeland security to consult, and shortly after that is when the training manual were edited. Libraries at the intelligence agencies with books on radical Islam have been removed. All Bachmann is doing is asking for an investigation based on concerned raised by intelligence experts. She is not just making this up off the top of her head.

    July 19, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. phoodphite

    That remake of "V" might have done better if they had cast Michele O'Bachman as the queen. Would have been a natural part for her.

    July 19, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. JeanneLH

    I cannot believe that this woman is still representing Minnesota...scary

    July 19, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. wolf1

    The Muslim Brotherhood is a political organization. Its forebears are Fascist and were allied with the Nazis in WWII. That is just a fact, not some screaming conspirator. Now if they have disowned their forebears that makes a different story. I don't know and, it seems that no one else on this blog seems to know.

    July 19, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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