Boehner: Bachmann charge against Clinton aide 'pretty dangerous'

At a press conference Thursday, BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump aide: Boehner is the disaster Boehner: Tax reform is 'just a bunch of happy talk' Lobbying World MORE (R-Ohio) defended Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton: ‘I don’t die’ despite the right’s ‘best efforts’ Clinton: Comey firing is ‘an effort to derail and bury’ Russia probe RNC slams Clinton speech as example of 'why she lost' 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 McCainArmed Services chairman unveils .1B Asia-Pacific security bill Overnight Defense: Trump scolds NATO allies over spending | Flurry of leaks worries allies | Senators rip B Army 'debacle' | Lawmakers demand hearing on Saudi arms deal The case for protecting America's intelligence agency whistleblowers 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.