By Ramsey Cox - 07/18/12 04:33 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said claims by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other Republicans that Hillary Clinton's top aide is an infiltrator for the Muslim Brotherhood amount to a "specious and degrading attack."
“When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it,” McCain said on the floor.
Bachmann and others say Huma Abedin, Clinton's aide and former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) wife, is using her position in the State Department to aid the Muslim Brotherhood.
The letter, also signed by Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) singles out Abedin and asserts that members of her family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood as well.
“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it,” McCain said. “It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.”