Boehner: Bachmann charge against Clinton aide 'pretty dangerous'

At a press conference Thursday, BoehnerJohn BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House MORE (R-Ohio) defended Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHouse Dems campaign arm outpaces GOP by M in June The Hill's 12:30 Report Mueller to examine Trump business as part of Russia probe: report MORE and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

Boehner said he did not know Abedin well, but that “from everything that I know of her she has a sterling character. I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

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Boehner is the latest high-profile GOP official to criticize the charges by Bachmann and four other GOP lawmakers that Abedin could be using her position at the State Department to aid the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a letter to the inspectors general at several government agencies, the five GOP lawmakers said Abedin’s position affords her access to Clinton, and that the State Department has “taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Boehner said he hadn’t seen the letter. When he was asked if he would remove Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee because of the issue, Boehner said: “I don’t know that that’s related at all.”

Boehner’s comments were relatively tame compared to the rebukes by other Republicans.

2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCainJohn McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senators ask for Syria policy study in defense bill Arizona senator: McCain still focused on healthcare legislation MORE (R-Ariz.) called out the GOP lawmakers for the accusations from the Senate floor on Wednesday.

“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now,” said McCain.

And Ed Rollins, the campaign manager for Bachmann’s failed presidential campaign, compared the tactics to McCarthyism.