Nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism. Supported by readers.


Boehner: Bachmann claims ‘pretty dangerous’

WASHASHINTON — House Speaker John Boehner called Rep. Michele Bachmann’s claims against an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “dangerous” Thursday, making him the latest Republican to scold the Minnesota congresswoman.

Bachmann has called for an investigation into Clinton aide Huma Abedin, saying her family is connected to the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood. U.S. Sen. John McCain sharply criticized Bachmann and her claims from the floor of the Senate Wednesday, leading Republicans such as U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, former campaign manager Ed Rollins and now Boehner to denounce the accusations.

“I haven’t seen the letter, but — I don’t know Huma, but from everything I do know of her, she has a sterling character,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference Thursday. “And I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

A reporter followed up, asking if the claims could hurt Bachmann’s position on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

“I don’t know that that’s related at all,” Boehner said.

Bachmann didn’t back down from her accusations Wednesday, instead saying in a statement that her claims are “unfortunately being distorted.” The State Department calls the accusations “vile and disgusting lies.”

Devin Henry can be reached at

You can also learn about all our free newsletter options.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/19/2012 - 02:14 pm.

    Her claims are distorted

    but she’s the one that’s doing the distorting.
    The reports of them are true.

    • Submitted by Lance Groth on 07/19/2012 - 05:09 pm.

      She always says that

      She always claims her statements are being distorted or “taken out of context” when she gets called on her latest outrageous utterance. She doesn’t seem to understand that there are unedited videos of her saying what she says on news sites, youtube, etc. Or she believes that her own personal reality distortion field is so strong as to hypnotize everyone within earshot. “Pay no attention to that crazy lady behind the curtain…”

      Either way, she’s unfit to serve, and the good people of the 6th District could do their state a great service by booting her out in November.

  2. Submitted by Bruce Bednarek on 07/19/2012 - 03:09 pm.

    Michele Bachmann’s Actions

    This most recent rant by Michele comes as no surprise and it probably qualifies as one of her “Top 10” personal embarrassments. Now that House Speaker John Boehner has called her claims against an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “dangerous,” maybe action will finally be taken to muzzle her or, on a stronger level, “kick her out of the House”. I live in the 6th District and strongly believe that it is time for her to find another calling.

  3. Submitted by Sean Huntley on 07/19/2012 - 03:30 pm.

    Expect a couple of the regulars here to post that Boehner isn’t a real Republican in 3….2…1…

  4. Submitted by Larry Miller on 07/19/2012 - 10:51 pm.

    Then why doesn’t he do something about it?

    Do you believe Michelle Bachmann should be censured by the House of Representatives for her statements about fellow representative Keith Ellison and Secretary Clinton’s aid? I suggest contacting of the Speaker of the House and asking that she lose her position on the Intelligence Committee. Please Share.

    • Submitted by Richard Schulze on 07/20/2012 - 06:58 am.

      I couldn’t help but chuckle when Mr. Miller reminded us that Ms. Bachmann was on the “Intelligence Committee”.

      Good one. ;^)

  5. Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/20/2012 - 08:27 am.

    Now she’s accusing Ellison

    I guess it was almost predictable, but this has got to stop.

    Being Muslim is not a crime in America.

Leave a Reply