McCain slams Bachmann for Muslim Brotherhood claims

By JTA
July 20, 2012 09:37

 
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WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor Thursday to condemn a suggestion by Rep. Michele Bachmann that the federal government has been penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood agents.

A letter sent last week to inspectors general of several federal agencies by Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other Republicans in the House of Representatives suggested that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has made “deep penetration” into the federal government and that those agencies should launch an investigation to uncover the influence of the group's agents.

Among the suspected "agents" named in the letter was Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former House member from New York who had to resign after tweeting lewd photos of himself to a 21-year-old woman and lying about it. The letter asserted that three of Abedin’s family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and that Clinton’s office has “taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests."

At the Senate on Wednesday, McCain (R-Ariz.) called Bachmann’s claims “specious and degrading," according to reports.

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