July 18th, 2012
01:36 PM ET

McCain refutes accusations by fellow Republicans about Hillary Clinton aide

Republican Senator John McCain (AZ)  took to the Senate floor Wednesday to criticize fellow Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) and four other Republican members of Congress about their request that various agencies investigate whether the government has been infiltrated by Muslim extremists.

Bachmann is joined in her request by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL) and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).

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.

"The concerns about the foreign influence of immediate family members is such a concern to the U.S. Government that it includes these factors as potentially disqualifying conditions for obtaining a security clearance, which undoubtedly Ms. Abedin has had to obtain to function in her position," Bachmann wrote in a letter defending the request.  "For us to raise issues about a highly-based U.S. Government official with known immediate family connections to foreign extremist organizations is not a question of singling out Ms. Abedin.  In fact, these questions are raised by the U.S. Government of anyone seeking a security clearance."

State Department spokesman Phillipe Reines called the accusations "nothing but vicious and disgusting lies," in a statement to CNN.

McCain gave a full-throated endorsement of Abedin on Wednesday:

“To say that the accusations made...are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: 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.

“The letter alleges that three members of Huma’s family are ‘connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.’ Never mind that one of those individuals, Huma’s father, passed away two decades ago. The letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision, or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government. Nor does either document offer any evidence of a direct impact that Huma may have had on one of the U.S. policies with which the authors of the letter and the producers of the report find fault. These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.

On Tuesday night, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. also criticized the claims made by Bachmann in an interview with Anderson Cooper on Anderson Cooper 360.   Bachmann's claims of 'deep penetration' of Muslim extremist infiltration into the highest levels of the U.S. government are "not true, it doesn't exist, its a phantom" and that "it just is the worst of guilt by association, it is a stark front to American values" and "we've got to stand up for this idea that we all count in this America."

Cooper and his team also took a closer look at the claims on the show last night (watch the interview with Ellison above):

Stay with me now because we're going to walk you through the logic that she lays out in this particular case.

Bachmann says that Huma Abedin's mother, brother and late father are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Here's how she figures it. Let's start with Abedin's father, a man named Syed Abedin, who's dead, by the way, a professor of social science, and the founder of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia decades ago. Now, Bachmann attributes this information to 2002 "Law Review" article out of Brigham Young University. According to that article, Professor Abedin's institute had the support of another man named Dr. Umar Abdallah Nassif who is a former general secretary of another group called the Muslim World League. Bachmann says that according to the Pew Forum the Muslim World League has a history of, quote, "being closely aligned and partnering with the Muslim Brotherhood."

So that's how many degrees of separation Bachmann's claim is based on. Huma Abedin's deceased father, who started an organization decades ago, had the support of a guy who had another organization that might have had the support of another organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. And because of that, Huma Abedin might be some sort of spy or infiltrator and deserves to be investigated.

As per Abedin's mother and brother, Bachmann never gives any evidence of their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

We do know Bachmann and her fellow lawmakers repeatedly cites as their source the work of a group called the Center for Security Policy. A pretty serious sounding name. Its Web site is MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com. The man who runs the group is Frank Gaffney who says the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating every aspect of American life in order to impose Sharia law.

Now the Southern Poverty Law Center calls Gaffney, and I quote, 'The anti-Muslim's movement most paranoid propagandist." Before Gaffney was focusing on Huma Abedin, by the way, he was pointing fingers of suspicion at conservative Grover Norquist who's married to a Muslim woman. Those allegations, by the way, were condemned by a number of conservative groups. Gaffney was actually not allowed to go to CPAC one year because of these allegations.

Now we should also point out this is not the first time that Bachmann has relied on questionable sources and leaps of logic. You may remember two years ago right here on this program, Congresswoman Bachmann made some pretty outrageous claims about the cost of a trip President Obama was taking to India, saying that it would cost taxpayers $200 million a day.

It was true. Totally false. And it turned out the source of her unsubstantiated claim was an Indian news report that quoted an anonymous Indian source allegedly an Indian government provincial official. How an Indian provincial official would even know how much the president of the United States' trip costs doesn't make sense and was apparently never even questioned by the congresswoman.

Among this cast here, all of whom we've asked to come on the program, we should point out Bachmann is not the only one who has a history of making unsupported claims. One of the four other congressmen calling for an investigation to root out Muslim infiltration in the U.S. government is Louie Gohmert from Texas. Now this is not the first time that Congressman Gohmert has spoken about dangerous conspiracies without providing concrete evidence.

In 2002 he was sounding alarm over what we termed - excuse me, 2010, he was sounding alarm over what we termed terror babies. A terror baby conspiracy. Making this explosive claim that pregnant foreigners were coming to America to give birth to future terrorists. Babies with U.S. citizenship under the 14th Amendment who would then be taken back to the Middle East, raised for about 20 years, trained overseas as terrorists, and then be able to come back to the United States because they had U.S. passports.

Insidious, right? In a speech on the House floor, Congressman Gohmert actually presented all of this as fact, saying a former FBI agent told him the FBI had been looking into this problem. Later he cited a second source. A Hamas-loving grandmother on a plane in the Middle East. And naturally, I had a lot of questions for the congressman.

(CROSSTALK)

COOPER: Wait, what research? What research? Could you tell us about the research?

GOHMERT: You're attacking the messenger. Anderson, you're better than this. You used to be good. You used to find that there was a problem and you would go after –

COOPER: Sir, I'm just asking you for evidence of something you said on the floor of the House.

GOHMERT: I speak with a southern accent - I did. And you listen. This is a problem. If you had spent as much time looking into the problem as you have been trying to come after me and belittle me this week you would find out –

COOPER: Sir, do you want to offer any evidence? I'm giving you an opportunity to offer to say what research and evidence you have. You've offered none, other than yelling.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: He never offered any evidence. And you would think, by the way, if this was a real plot that he was really concerned about, you'd think he'd pick up the phone and maybe call the FBI, right? We actually did that. Unlike Congressman Gohmert, we talked with the FBI. They told us there was absolutely no credible evidence of a terror baby conspiracy. They had no idea what he was talking about.

And it's not surprising, I should point out, he declined our invitation to come back on the program as he was once on in 2010.

So back to this current conspiracy theory. We just received a statement from Huma Abedin's office about the allegations. The statement says, quote, "They are nothing but vicious and disgusting lies that have no place in reasonable political discourse. And anyone who traffics in them should be ashamed of themselves."

And as we said, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, has taken the lead in demanding proof of these claims about Muslim extremists infiltrating the government. He joins me.

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  11. The Concerned

    Tisk, tisk, tisk. Mrs. B crosses the line like she's playing hopscotch. It's this kind of racial/religious profiling and discrimination that makes the tea party appear to be a unified group of bigots and undermines the legitimacy of the Republican party. Both Governor Romney and President Obama should publicly condemn theses accusations. Mrs. B and her "co-conspirators" should publicly appolgize to Mrs. Abedin. This was just plain shameful. Senators aren't supposed to do things like that in today's day and age.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  12. Louis

    Do not be so quick to discredit Bachmann and her contemporaries. Since "911", security has become a major issue. It is comforting to know we still have leaders who consider national security important.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Ed

      9/11 was done by the CIA to put the masses in fear to justify invading Iraq so Halliburton could profit off it.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:58 am | Reply
      • Louis

        I have also heard that rumor but no one has ever produced any evidence to prove it. Unfortunately, our intelligence knew terrorist threats existed...but measures were not implemented to prevent them until afterwards.

        From what I understand, the war in Afghanistan resulted because al-Qaeda admitted being responsible for the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The second war in Iraq resulted because the international community felt Saddam Hussein was a tyrant and world threat. George W. Bush stated that "The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade ... Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror."

        July 23, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  13. Corncop

    The most immediate and necessary investigation should be into Bachman and her contemporaries, their mental stability to hold office, and the extremist views that they spew that every Muslim, nay-every person not just like themselves, is anti-American and a threat to "their" way of life! Mayb a nice libel lawsuit against her would be good, or have the Republicans shielded themselves from that too?

    July 20, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply
    • JCB

      It's 9:04 EST on Friday morning and there's already 488 responses to this story. Are we all such big losers. Michelle Bachman and her band of brother nut jobs are all clearly stupid f*#%#ing idiots. SHUTUP!!!!

      July 20, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • JCB

      Bathsalts! That's it. Bachman's on bathsalts.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
      • JCB

        Hey look, now there's 491 responses, I'm a looser too.

        July 20, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • sgraffwriter

        No. It's Christian nuttiness. I'm a Christian, but I shake my head at the sanctimonious zealots who've had a taste of political power and now run with it like characters in a vampire movie. McCain is showing his heroism and guts.

        July 21, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  14. Mike

    What I would like to know is: how does Michele Bachmann get re-elected every term? What does that say about the district in Minnesota that keeps putting her back in office? It sounds like a scary ass-backwards place to visit.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
    • Ed

      Her district is a white trash enclave that's on the north side of the Twin Cities. It's basically a republican island in the middle of a blue state. Minnesota is generally a progressive state with the exception of this area. You would think these white trash oafs would pack up and move to the bible belt so they could be amongst like minded people.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:03 am | Reply
  15. Ralph E.

    Snake Hunter Sez,

    The Left-of-Center Crowd is scared to death... of ANY investigation into the history of the notorious Hisb al Ikhwan al Muslimin, a.k.a. See: 'The Muslim Brotherhood "Project" as published in - > http://www.lazyonebenn.blogspot.com in April, 2012. Vigilance is the Price We Must Pay, If we truly believe in our 1st Amendment Freedoms.

    Facts are one thing, and Left-wing hysteria, with absurd ridicule of a serious investigation is quite another matter.

    Thomas Jefferson said, "Fix Reason Firmly In Her Seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion...question with boldness, even the existance of a God, for if there be one, He would more approve the homage of Reason, than that of Blindfolded Fear. Your own reason is the only Oracle given you by heaven, and your are answerable..." ( 1780 )

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    July 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • just_a_moderate

      For those of you that haven't read that link, you should. It's precisely what real Americans need to rally against.

      Pinheads like Ralph and the 87-year old conspiracy on a government pension are THE problem.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Ralph, you're a buffoon. That is all.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • just_a_moderate

      BTW, thanks for pointing out the religious perspectives of the founding fathers.

      Jefferson, like most, questioned the very existence and nature of a supreme being. In absolutely no uncertain terms, they did not want a national Christian religion co-mingled with the state. That was as much to protect religion as to protect the state, but the extreme right is 110% dead wrong if they think that we were formed as a Christian state.

      So if you take that one step further, these religious wars that you want to drag us into with every Mu slim that you see are completely and totally unpatriotic. It's not what our country stands for, it's not what our founding fathers stood for, and it's not what real Americans stand for.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  16. Smegma

    I think Michelle sould launch an investigation into how many pickles her "husband" chugs in an average day.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Smegma

      ......ummm.....make that 'should'.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • just_a_moderate

      Zero. They've been praying. It's a well known fact that publicly displaying your Christianity directly in the face of what the Gospel According To Mark suggests will de-gay anything. Even Marcus.

      And if he is still picking out Michelle's clothes, can someone explain why she was wearing what initially looked like a religious robe when calling Obama a tyrant?

      July 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  17. Big Daddy

    Good for you!, McCain.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  18. Scot

    Finally people are starting to wake up to the crazies that are in our government. Please do not let this die or cover it up ! These five idiots need to be taken out of office for this type of falsehoods. McCartyism is still alive ane well in our government !

    July 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  19. Miroslava

    This is a POLITICAL PLOY by Republicans:
    1. Get Michelle Bachmann to write something inflammatory about Muslem.
    2. Get McCAIN & CO react in indignation.
    3. Sit back and see how many, many times word "Muslem" is used in ensuing discussions in the media!
    4. Just what the Reps wanted!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  20. Nick

    I am surprised she has not (at least, not yet anyway) pushed for a ban against Muslim taxicab drivers, citing possible kidnapping risks for the passengers.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  21. Npatel

    If Anthony Weiner was suggested to resign, because of the pictures he had sent, All of individuals involved in the accusation should resign. Both actions are a disservice to the American people. I say Huma sues for racial profiling and defamation of character .

    July 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  22. kay

    ichelle bachmann she not qualify to be a US congress woman ,they should remove her from homeland security group in congress, and i feel sorry for the minnesota people for electing this disgress woman

    July 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Albert Leo

      I sure hope English is not your native language.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  23. phk46

    I rarely agree with McCain, but it's nice to find a case where I can.

    Michelle Bachman's allegations smell a lot like those of the Nazi's, as well as McCarthy's.

    I don't want to see Sharia law come to the US, but I don't think we have much to worry about in that regard.
    On the other hand, Michelle and her friends seem to be trying hard to bring us the fundamentalist christian equivalent of Sharia law. I'm much more worried about that.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  24. Navyvet8192

    If they had their way, there would be Muslim concentration camps for potential "High Risk" individuals, and every Muslim would be fitted with a GPS tracking collar or imbedded chip. Oh wait, there already is 1 camp at GITMO, so strike my 1st statement.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  25. MtnMan

    My grandparents were born in Italy. Michele, I must have ties to the Mafia.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
  26. steve

    michele bachman, doing her best to make minnesota in the image of alabama, you go gurl. did humans actually vote for this incompetent fool???

    July 19, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
  27. d

    You see this. They would rather attack someone for trying to find the truth than to do some research and find the truth themselves.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • LGW

      You have no idea what truth is. Just keep on drinking that right-wing Koolaid and regurgitating the unsubstantiated garbage the ultra-right feeds on. Yuck, what a bunch of losers.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
    • Scot

      So you are the people out there that belive this stuff ! I really think you need to talk to someone that can help you D !

      July 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  28. maltytasker

    This was just another ploy by some Republicans to try to throw mud on the Obama administration. Unfortunately for them, they picked a woman who is well known and highly respected by many in Washington. Kudos to Senator McCain for having the courage and the decency to speak up against those in his own party who would slander a good American for political purposes.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
    • LB

      I like McCain. He should really become Indy, because this new brand of GOP haters, are going to crush him in the History books. This is a Man that should go down in history as a great American Hero in his services to the US for 80% of his life, either in the Military or in the Sen. He would have made a good POTUS, but i think 2008 election turned out correct, because if the GOP had the WH and Con and the SCTUS, i would be moving to Canada.

      GOP = Crazy........where is the GOP of the 80s, them i like.

      Clinton/Clinton 2016 :)

      Bill could be first lady and VP lol

      July 19, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  29. StanCalif

    I suppose Michele is attacking Muslims because they don't contribute enough! If truly concerned about foreign influence in our government she should be attacking Israel and the Jews! But no! Can't do that, they are big contributors and have already infiltrated our government with thousands of lobbyists and secret agents! When Israel attacks Iran (soon), who will she defend? Contributors first!

    July 19, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
  30. d

    Why can't a top aide to Hillary Clinton be grilled about her alleged involvement with the muslim brotherhood? Has this country become so bullied by political correctness that anybody who raises questions is branded a racist?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • LGW

      Bachmann is such a stupid c**t. She is a public disgrace, a fool and moron of the lowest order. That such a person could attain high office and a forum gives the USA such a bad name around the world. It makes you want to puke.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:22 am | Reply
    • 1701sask

      d: “Why can't a top aide to Hillary Clinton be grilled about her alleged involvement with the muslim brotherhood? Has this country become so bullied by political correctness that anybody who raises questions is branded a racist?”
      This is not about political correctness. It's about intelligence. If there was anything remotely credible about the allegation, it would be investigated. As it is, it's several degrees removed from reality. If the government was to follow your logic, any number of flimsy and nonsensical accusations could be made against public officials, and your tax money would be wasted as each and every one of them was followed up.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:35 am | Reply
    • just_a_moderate

      Sorry, no, that's not a matter of political correctness trumping an accurate point made by a smart person about a key element of our security.

      The reason it was labeled racist was that it was the nicest word for it. She is an absolute shameless PO S.

      What she did was beyond disgusting and, more importantly, impractical. If there was ANY merit whatsoever to what she said, her decision to break the news on conservative radio sort of underscores how inept she would have been in any sort of leadership position.

      The right should be embarrassed that she made it as long as she did in the primaries.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • tdub

      Well, it would not hurt to have a SHRED of evidence to warrant an investigation. If you had bothered to read the background of the story, then you, like McCain and others would know that it is little more than a xenophobic witch hunt and publicity stunt. Do your research. There is no excuse for willful ignorance.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Scot

      You should be grilled for being a nut case !

      July 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  31. Andrew

    The fact that US citizens from any of our great states could elect a person such as Bachmann, is nothing short of frightening. Based on her level of self-centerdness (campaign funding) and the number of like-minded members in congress who are more focused on re-election than they are on the real issues facing our nation and the wider global challenges, leads me to conclude that, the biggest threat to this nation lies within. More than ever before (in my recollection) every citizen in this wonderful nation needs to pay attention to our politics (turn off Americas got talent) and ensure they are well informed and then take the time to vote this year. We need to "Defeat Stupidity in our Politicians" Republicans AND Democrats alike! We are smarter than this! I have thought in the past that the tea party was out to better this nation and make it stronger NOW, I believe that this form of thinking from high ranking members such as Beachmann is a huge threat to our nation and needs to be stopped quickly. I pray that this is her last election and like Palin that she goes and makes lots of money (good for her) in a place where she can do no harm to the USA.
    BTW – This is why we need to know where every cent comes from in our election campaigns and why there needs to be caps on $amts. We cannot stand for a system (in spite of the Supreme Court Decision) that allows influence to hide and for US citizens not to be fully informed as to who is donating money where.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      The Tea Party began as a patriotic and grass roots movement by concerned citizens who do pay some attention to our "politics". However, our "political wannbes" really don't care what citizens are seeking. These people jumped on the Tea Party (a leaderless movement) to offer their "leadership". Ha, ha! The Tea Party was taken! Palin jumped first with gusto, Bachmann missed the boat. All Palin was concerned with was $$$! The Tea Party was a perfect opportunity to fool a large group of people and take their money! Were is the Tea Party now? Where is Palin now? Both went down in flames, now Bachmann is trying to reignite a fire that Palin successfully put out by deceiving her chosen followers!
      I feel sorry for John McCain for making such a blunder in bringing Palin notoriety. Bachmann is simply jealous of Palin, but can't hold a candle to her success!

      July 19, 2012 at 7:08 am | Reply
  32. Fuzzy maff

    This is what a large part of the Republican party has to offer folks. Bigotry, ignorance and fear. Reject the GOP until they can clean up their act.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  33. Ken

    Oh please god...let Romney pick Bachman to run as his VP.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Great idea! Then Romney's tax returns would be forgotten about!
      But wait a minute, will Mormons send money to Bachmann? It's ALL about the money!

      July 19, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
  34. bing520

    It only raises questions about Michele Bachmann's ability to make a sound judgment. McCain proves himself to be above partisanship. Huma Abedin is married to a Jew, a staunch supporter of Israel. Her father died two decades ago.

    Marlene Dietrich, while having an affair with a German army officer, decided to come to America because she is anti-Nazi. She became a citizen in 1939. During the war she tirelessly toured to sell war bonds and visit American soldiers. She sold more bonds than any other American. She often accompanied General Patton to visit troops only a few kilometers away from German line. People asked why she did it, she replied, "aus Anstand" — "out of decency".

    No politicians during that era questioned Marlene Dietrich's loyalty. What happens to the quality and decency of our politicians today? McCain did what a decent man would do, but too few politicians have come out to defend Huma Abedin.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  35. Rohan

    Anderson, why are you making it a news item worthy of your show?

    July 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • Scot

      Because it is worthy of shineing the light on these people that run our government and have the kind of power they have. If you do not think so please expain why !

      July 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  36. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    Muslin has been seen infiltrating the fabric department of the K-mart in Minnetonka Minnesota!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

      If I were Hilary's assistant I would serve the bunch of cretans (Retarded, not from Crete) with a religious descrimination lawsuit and a libel action.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • belinda

      Very amusing . I love political satire . As always Sen . Mcain is left picking up the pieces , of the garbage that Republicans leave behind . Republicans are shameless in their quest for Power and Greed. Michelle Bachmann is a Clown , no one actually takes her seriously except the tea party, maybe. What are they ? like 7% of the total population of America , yet they are demanding changing our lives forever !!! These Clowns need to be voted out, forever.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • bing520

      Michele Bachmann's proof: Macy's in New York City has been infiltrated by Muslims who have sworn to convert it into a mosqe. Huma Abedin was spotted to have shopped there with her Jewish husband once and insisted he pick up three more women as his wives. Huma Abedin is a dangerous extremist, intent on converting all Jewish men into a good Muslim and thus destroy America. Bachmann's proof is undisputable.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  37. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    What about Congressman and Senators who have pledged loyalty to this new age Nazi Grover Norquist?

    July 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • belinda

      That's one thing I like about Republicans , is the way they turn on each other . Rick Perry is demanding Romney's tax return . Republicans ( Women haters ) destroyed Bachmann and spit her out when she was running for the nomination . Ahhhh one of the few positives, of these power hungry, people is that they love canceling each other out. It's like a big giant ego trip for them.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • d

      Is that the same new age nazi grover norquist who's married to a Palestinian Muslim woman?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
  38. Whiskeymac

    The only dangerous infiltration going on is by hateful tea party idiots getting elected to Congress.

    Ignorance can be treated, stupidity is incurable.

    By the way, the original tea party was by tea smugglers angry that the British East India Company dropped the price of tea so low (1773 Tea Act) that British tea was cheaper even with the tax than the smugglers could sell it for.

    Later the spin of anti-tax patriotism was promoted as the motivation.

    The Sons of Liberty (Sam Adams et al.) also dressed as Indians during the event to shift blame and avoid criminal prosecution; ironic as native people (any that survived) were disenfranchised for most of US history.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

      So Michelle Bachman thinks that she can be the new Joe McCarthy. Perhaps after she finds the Muslim Extremists in the state Department she can find the Gay people in the marines and her husband can cure them by attaching electrodes to their genitals. Mr. Bachman does this himself for some "odd" or "peculiar" reason I have been told. Perhaps the clowns will haul people before the Bachman committee on Mental Retardation in the House of representatives?

      July 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Rationalintn

      People who glorify the tea party as truly patriotic Americans, should go to that taxpayer supported organization called the library and read about Samuel Adams and his followers. The Sons of Liberty (aka the Liberty Boys) were the original tea party terrorists. They broke into the homes of government officials (like tax collectors) and threatened to bury them alive if they did their job. They hung effigies of people they didn't agree with from the Liberty Tree. The list goes on. Some will argue the end justifies the means, but the Revolutionary War didn't start until reasonable people like George Washington convinced other reasonable people to join the fight.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  39. tom c.

    was talking to a stoner downtown who said his supplier sells dope to the crackhead from minnesotta, known as michele wackman.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  40. Keith

    Bachman is no better than McCarthy, crazy conspirisy theories

    July 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  41. Darwin was right

    BACHMANN is just another in a long line of CONSERVATIVE EXTREMISTS who make their political "living" by claiming that anyone who DOESN'T AGREE WITH THEM IS DISLOYAL. It will be FUNNY and ironic when the "frugal conservative" Bachmann, who is constantly complaining about "out of control spending", starts to demand FEDERAL $$$$ FOR POOR FARMERS affected by the drought. If waiting for the TEA PARTY to tell all those angry farmers that they must suffer their weather – related losses without any HANDOUTS FROM THE NANNY STATE!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • phk46

      Hey 'Darwin was right' – you should think about the implications of your handle when you comment. Michelle is the one with a million kids. So apparently she is going to out-propagate me, and probably you. But with luck her kids will rebel against their upbringing and become sane reasonable people.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  42. EGB2

    Beginning with his concession speech, McCain seems to have reclaimed the no-nonsense decency he exhibited before the campaign. I'm glad he's calling out bush-league politicians, instead of following the party script.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  43. ladont

    Michelle Bachmann is a sister wife of Mitt Romney.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  44. saywho

    Bachmann has no idea what's going on outside here warped minuscule brain.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • saywho

      here brain

      July 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • gee

      You must mean 'her'

      July 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • jrg

      You mean Bachmann has a brain!! Now that's news, I mean who would have thought?

      July 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  45. Martha F.

    I live in Minnesota and have to endure Michelle Bachmann.
    She is a smart lady but constantly makes wild accusations and comes up with her own facts.
    I am praying she is not elected again! :-)

    July 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • ckarke

      I agree with what you have said, except, IMO, I do not think she is very smart at all.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:28 am | Reply
  46. andrew

    Bachman needs to PROVE it or SHUT it! Don't just SAY it and expect us to swallow it, dammit. You can't just 'think' you know something and go saying it as gospel now days, just because 'somebody said'! Ha! Somebody said, huh? Really? Who? Did they SHOW you proof or they just said? No proof, huh? So Senator, either prove it or shut it. Otherwise you're an idiot.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Andrew,
      You just did precisely what you falsely accused Bachman of doing. You launched a personal attack based on your own imaginatioin, and a little hearsay.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
      • EatYouAlive

        Chris, try to be more disingenuous. Oops, I mean, Michelle.

        July 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  47. LaVerne

    It's Michelle Bachman for goodness sake. Why is anyone shocked about what comes from the mouth of that dingbat? She is a bonafide lunatic and I thought that fact was exposed months ago.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  48. Kevin

    I know so many intelligent and nice people from Minnesota. How could such a nut case get elected by such a great state?

    July 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Seriously. Anyone. Any of you. Do you have any actual charges against Bachman? Do you have any actual complaints, other then the generalized 'Bachman's McCarthy!"

      Really? You're all just here mindlessly launching stones at your favorite target, on cue?

      It doesn't even occur to any of you to see what she actually said and base your judgment on that?

      July 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
      • EatYouAlive

        What she said was based on a complete nut bars false accusations. Comment?

        July 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
      • Scot

        Do you even listen to her ??? Have you really ever really really listen to her ??? Everytime she is on the new she rants about things that are so untrue !

        July 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  49. chris

    Hurray for Sen MC Cain...the last of a dying breed of credible politicians. Bachmann showed long ago that she is part of the the element that makes Washington inert. I think she should be investigated for claiming to be a Christian...

    July 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Chris,
      I assume you call yourself a Christian.
      You've clearly judged to be guilty of some crime. I've seen no evidence.

      If you're going to attack people's character in public, please present your charges, and your evidence (quote her, please). What did Bachman say that you have a problem with?

      July 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
      • EatYouAlive

        Chris, try to be more disingenuous.

        July 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  50. Larian LeQuella

    Crazy Teabaggers are crazy? Imagine my surprise!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  51. Eael Lee Jones

    I think that Michelle Bachmann is a looney escaped from the Looney Bin. Shoi is a wack and has lost her mind, Who in the hell does she think she is???? I feel sorry for the folks in Minnesota...

    July 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  52. Larry

    If you look at her eyes, you can see the malevolence and zealotry within. She is akin to Ahmadinejad.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  53. EatYouAlive

    So when do the real republican candidates step forth?

    They picked someone? Romney?

    Oh. Jeez. lol

    July 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  54. BeverlyNC

    WOW – CNN actually sought out the facts and called out the Republican Party for the first time for LYING and MAKING UP conspiracy theories out of air?? Could CNN actually be a real news organization again? Maybe you should watch the new Sorkin show "Newsroom" and see what real news looks like or used to.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Do you have a charge against Bachman? If so, please make your charge and present your evidence against her. Please quote her when you make your charge against her.

      Or are you just here to assassinate a person's character for no actual reason?

      July 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
      • EatYouAlive

        Chris, try to be more disingenuous!

        July 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  55. Lance

    WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICHELE BACHMANN & JOE MCCARTHY? ANSWER: LIPSTICK.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Yeah. She's so crazy, she thinks a well-connected Muslim family in Egypt might have some connection to the most powerful regional political machine. Burn the witch!

      July 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
      • EatYouAlive

        Chris, you should try to be more disingenuous.

        July 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  56. Vanessa

    I almost never watch TV news, but for the past three nights I have been watching Anderson Cooper. This is one of the most frightening stories out there right now. I'm scared of this getting more traction from the right and causing extreme racism. It reminds me of McCarthyism and the anti Communist nightmare of the 1950's. I'm so glad McCain spoke out and I'm also so glad Anderson Cooper is devoting so much time to this topic.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  57. Lance

    Michele Bachmann has, and remains, a national embarrassment to both the state of Minnesota & the Republican Party. This person is the biggest asset to the Democrats & they know it. The more she talks, the better it makes them look. Shame on the others who remain silent & refuse to admonish her nutty clams for the sake of partisanship! As for her fellow congressman supporters, the hail from Arizona, Florida, Texas & Georgia. Why should i be surprised? Sadly, would i be so wrong to suspect that Congresswoman MIchele Bachmann might actually have ties to the American Neo-Nazi Party & even possibly the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan? They share very similar views!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  58. mk1

    Even though her district is heavily Republican, will they have the common sense to vote this woman out of office. She is an embarrassment to her district and to the United States. I actually do not have enough faith in Republicans to really believe they would vote her out.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  59. garth

    CRAZY & EVIL SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  60. no

    Are you serious, Back in 1980 the US DIA ordered me not to have contact with any foreign nationals as I served in the military in Europe. I was dumbfounded but did as I was ordered.The agencies had conducted very thorough back ground investigations and as the Iron Curtain fell and many facts became open about what had then been East Germany and thirty years later reports listed my realtives as helping the Statsi. So our spies had it right I was professionally vetted and gained my clearance... I am quite sure it is still the same and this woman would be vetted professionally.
    Bachman shouldn't have any job in government and she is untrust worthy and if she is read on on any secret intelligence she ( Bachman) needs to be told to give up her postion or face full censorship.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  61. BattyBachmann

    This woman and all these other fools who say such outlandish lies and make such crazy accusations are tantamount to McCarthy himself. I sure hope Americans see the light and NEVER vote in another right wing religious zealot racist Tea Partier!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  62. Kevin

    Michele Bachmann is Joe McCarthy in a skirt. She is all that is wrong with America and makes me sick!! Good for you John McCain.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  63. dmf

    McCain said. “I am proud to know Huma and to call her my friend.” Sen. McCain as maverick is an upright man , and is able to take notice of the truth , and speaks forthright against liars turned political gamesmen in the Congress. Sen. McCain should demand investigations by a Committee of the Congress against Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four others , for their accusations on Abedin, who is a Muslim American , a staff person of Sec. Clinton .

    July 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  64. JakeF

    Grover Norquist is married to a Muslim woman?

    Go on....

    July 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • John

      Tis true

      July 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • no

      That caught my eye too.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Come on Michele, why aren't you "investigating" this? Why are you not investigating all the people in Washington under the control and influence of the Jewish/Israeli lobbyists and secret agents?

      July 19, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
  65. scott

    screw michele bachman...keep voting those republicans and this is what will happen...kudos to sen mccain for being brave enough to stad up

    July 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  66. Bob

    With a party filled with loonies like Bachmann and her cronies, why would anyone possibly vote Republican to give people like this a louder "Joe McCarthy" like platform?

    July 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • mike urciolo

      Bob – I lived in Wisconsin for about 10 years. My wife and I drove to Appleton to see some large flea markets and imagine my surprise when I saw a status of Joe McCarthy! When I got home, I did some research and it seems that about half of Appleton's residents thought he was a great American who was railroaded.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  67. Rastafari

    Bachmann must have forgotten to take her lithium.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  68. John

    It's an indictment of the process that allows Members of Congress to simply asassinate the character of individuals and/or organizations with little or no hard evidence. Michele Bachmann is, at best, an alarmist and, at worst, a hate monger.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      There is character assassination going on here.You, and the other liberals are continuing your merciless attacks on Michelle Bachman. How do you possibly know that Abedin's family has no connection to the Muslim Brotherhood? You don't. But, you're comfortable burning Bachman without hesitation. (I give you more credit than your peers, in that you gave her a "best case" option, based on your prejudice.)

      You can't know that no family connections to the regional Brotherhood have existed. They almost certainly have. They probably do. It's only natural. But, that's not an attack and it's not an indictment. It's reality.

      What sinister motive prompts liberals to viciously assassinate people's character, for simply stating the obvious reality? How hypocritical. Liberals gleefully assassinate Bachman's character. Her alleged offence? Character assassination – she mentioned the fact that Abedin's family may have Muslim Brotherhood connections. Burn the witch! She raised a concern that offends us.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
      • EatYouAlive

        Bachman is a target cause she is a fool in repub clothing. And you are her.

        July 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
      • Luke

        Character assassination? You have to have some character first, the witch has none, never has and has the personality of brass assed baboon.

        July 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  69. rob

    Bachmann is a repulsive bigot who needs to be put down like the rabid dog she is.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Yeah. Burn the witch. She's so crazy, she thinks a well-connected Muslim family in Egypt might have some connection to the most powerful regional political machine.

      How psycho of her!
      Burn the witch!

      July 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  70. lvr nelson

    What has become of a Republican party? What are the residents of Minnesota smoking. McCarthyism is back, alive and well with this insanity and lunacy of Republicanism? No fan of Obama but he is looking more saintly by the hour.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  71. Panderexpress

    Michelle Bachmann? That woman is batsh1t crazy.
    Minnesota-what were you thinking?

    July 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  72. vinnieG

    Oh definitely Michelle Bachmann should insist to Mitt Rmoney and Donald Trump to have this investigated. May be Donald Trump can send his people to Saudi Arabia to investigate. Yes, Ms. Bachmann, you should insists to exhume, its only been some 20 years.

    Ms. Bachmann, your state of Minnessota is full of teen pimps, why don't you introduce legislation for stronger laws.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  73. LeeAT

    What do you expect? This is Michelle Bachman a certifiable quack

    July 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  74. Jason

    Huzza for McCain! It doesn't take a genius to see that this group of GOPers are all lunatics going on a witch hunt but it takes real guts now a days to stand up against the radicals who have hijacked Congress.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Bath Salt

      Watch this backfire on McCain when the Tea Party votes him out. That's why other Republicans shy away from condemning this. The Tea Party no matter how crazy they are will come out and vote.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
      • Mike

        McCain is currently 75 years old and has 4 years remaining on his fifth term in the Senate. He spent 6 years in a POW camp which isn't exactly a fountain of youth. One way or another, this is very likely his last term. Perhaps he's decided that there are somethings worth standing up for and that at least some of what members of his own party are doing is wrong.

        July 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  75. Kel

    It's Michelle Bachmann. So what do you expect? How did the people of Minnesota elect this woman?

    July 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      I am from Minnesota and I... have no idea how she was re-elected. She is a constant source of embarrassment. Perhaps someone could do a "degrees of Kevin bacon" thing and show Michelle is related to bin laden...

      July 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  76. SSampson

    I am more worried about the Christian influence... They have bigger bombs....

    July 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
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