Boehner Says Huma Accusations Are 'Dangerous'
Boehner is the latest high-profile Republican lawmaker to defend Clinton aide Huma Abedin, from Bachmann's accusations that her family has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. She also questioned how Abedin was able to obtain a security clearance.
Boehner said Thursday that he doesn't personally know Abedin, "but from everything I do know of her, she has a sterling character. And I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous."
Bachmann, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, wrote a June letter as well as another July 13 raising the questions about Abedin. She is also the wife former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.
But when asked whether Bachmann should remain on the House Intelligence committee, Boehner responded, "I don't know that that is related at all" to her accusation of Abedin.
Sen. John McCain took the Senate floor on Wednesday and also defended Abedin, saying she is a great patriot.
Photo: House Speaker John Boehner next to Huma Abedin and her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, during Weiner's swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)