Yet another prominent Republican has denounced the recent claims by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other conservative Republicans that Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ties to radical Islamic organization Muslim Brotherhood. Echoing Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) earlier claims that Bachmann’s insinuations were “ugly” and “sinister,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called the suggestion “pretty dangerous.”
Last month, Bachmann, R-Minn., and four other House Republicans including Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) wrote a letter claiming that Abedin’s family has ties to the radical group and implied that she is part of a conspiracy to use her high-level State Department position to influence the agency into positions that are “enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In a Thursday press conference, Rep. Boehner said that while he hasn’t read the actual letter and he does not personally know Abedin, who is the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, but “from everything that I do know of her she has a sterling character. Accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”
Earlier this week, Sen. McCain spoke out against the accusations from the Senate floor: “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now.” And just this morning, Bachmann’s former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, compared her tactics to McCarthyism.
(h/t The Hill)
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