At a press conference Thursday, BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) defended Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump in campaign mode at NRA convention Vicente Fox to Trump: ‘Being president ain’t easy’ When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in 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.”
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 McCainEx-Bush aide Nicolle Wallace to host MSNBC show Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea 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.