On Wednesday, Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFrustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Ariz.) delivered a strongly worded speech criticizing the claim in the letter. Since then a number of other Republicans have expressed disagreement with the charge. On Thursday, House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio) BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE-bachmann-charge-against-huma-pretty-dangerous" href="http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/238975-boehner-bachmann-charge-against-huma-pretty-dangerous">called the claim "pretty dangerous."

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Bachmann, later on in the day on Wednesday, issued a statement saying the letter was being "distorted" by critics and the media.

"The letters my colleagues and I sent on June 13 to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State ... are unfortunately being distorted," Bachmann said in the statement responding to McCain's comments.