Gohmert, during a radio interview on Tuesday, called critics of the letter "numb nuts" and said it was "obvious" that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFor .2 billion, taxpayers should get more than Congress’s trial balloons Overnight Defense: Pompeo lays out new Iran terms | Pentagon hints at more aggressive posture against Iran | House, Senate move on defense bill Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA 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 bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Eric Schneiderman and #MeToo pose challenges for both parties The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.