The Ohio Republican’s remarks followed an impassioned Senate floor speech Wednesday by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who blamed the 'ugly' and 'unfounded' allegations on the 'ignorance' of her accusers.
House Speaker John Boehner is the latest top Republican to slam allegations by also-ran GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann that Huma Abedin may be infiltrating the U.S. government for the Muslim Brotherhood.
The longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the wife of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, was placed under suspicion in a letter from Bachmann to inspectors general at the State Department and other government agencies.
“I don’t know Huma, but from everything I do know of her, she has a sterling character,” Boehner told reporters on Thursday, according to Politico. “And I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”
The Ohio Republican’s remarks followed an impassioned Senate floor speech Wednesday by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who blamed the “ugly” and “unfounded” allegations on the “ignorance” of her accusers.
Abedin, a Muslim-American, grew up in Saudi Arabia. She has been among Clinton’s most loyal aides for more than 15 years, and is now Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.
Bachmann and four other congressional Republicans have asked for government investigations into possible ties between American officials and the Muslim Brotherhood.
In the letter requesting the probe, Bachmann noted that Abedin’s late father, mother and brother are “connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations” and that Abedin “by extension may be working on the organization’s behalf.”
The letter cites a 2002 article in the Law Review at Brigham Young University that explains Abedin’s late father, Professor Syed Abedin, founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in Saudi Arabia, which was supported by another organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Bachmann has since released a statement saying the letters are being “distorted.”