Gohmert, during a radio interview on Tuesday, called critics of the letter "numb nuts" and said it was "obvious" that Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Overnight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid MORE (R-Ariz.), who delivered a floor speech attacking the House Republicans for the accusation against Clinton's deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, hadn't read the letter.

"Well, it’s obvious that John McCain didn’t even read the letter because of what he said in accusing Michele and us of making these horrible accusations," Gohmert said on the Dennis Miller Show. "And I wish some of these numb nuts would go out and read the letter before they make these horrible allegations about the horrible accusations we’re making. But we also know that John McCain himself had said back in the early stages of stuff going on in Egypt that he was, in his words, 'unalterably opposed to helping the Muslim Brotherhood.' Well, obviously the unalterable person has been altered, so he is OK with it now."

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Bachmann herself has said that the text of the letter was being "distorted." In it she, Gohmert, and Reps. Trent FranksTrent FranksSenate spending plan boosts House moderates House briefed on anti-ISIS campaign progress Republicans rally around Sessions after Trump criticism MORE (Ariz.), Tom Roomey (Fla.), and Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.) wrote that Abedin "has three family members — her late father, her mother and her brother — connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations." They added that Abedin's job "affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy-making."

The letter received strong criticism from both top Republicans and Democrats and a local report in New York said that Abedin, who is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), was given police protection due to threats because of the accusation.