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Boehner Slams Bachmann's Muslim Conspiracy

Calls accusations 'pretty dangerous'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2012 12:24 PM CDT
Boehner Slams Bachmann's Muslim Conspiracy
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann and the other House Republicans who want an investigation into the alleged infiltration of US government by Muslim extremists have already been smacked by Anderson Cooper and John McCain—now add two more prominent names to the mix. John Boehner noted today, "I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous," CNN reports. Of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide and one of the specific targets of the group, Boehner said that he's heard "she has a sterling character."

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Even Bachmann's former campaign manager got in on the scolding, writing for Fox News yesterday that Bachmann's "outrageous and false charges" against Abedin are shocking. Ed Rollins somewhat amusingly notes that, "having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts," but calls this move "downright vicious" and compares it to Joe McCarthy's Communist witchhunt in the 1950s. For her part, Bachmann says the request for an investigation is being "distorted." (Read more Michele Bachmann stories.)

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