Gohmert, during a radio interview on Tuesday, called critics of the letter "numb nuts" and said it was "obvious" that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump 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 FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership 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.