Gohmert, during a radio interview on Tuesday, called critics of the letter "numb nuts" and said it was "obvious" that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: Summit fallout hits White House Graham: Biggest problem is Trump ‘believes meddling equals collusion’ Obama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena 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 FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksFreedom Caucus members see openings in leadership AP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Jordan weathering political storm, but headwinds remain 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.