On Wednesday, Sen. John McCainJohn McCainBush biographer: Trump has moved the goalpost for civilized society White House to pressure McConnell on ObamaCare McCain: Trump needs to state difference between bigots and those fighting hate 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 BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE (R-Ohio) John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure 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.