On Wednesday, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy 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 Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio) John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat 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.