Dem Rep Chides Bachmann’s Claim That Clinton Aide Is Part Of An Alleged ‘Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration’

Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been known to promote paranoid conspiracy theories and in recent weeks, she bought into one promoted by Islamophobic chieftain Frank Gaffney that the U.S. government has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

In letters to several government agencies demanding an investigation, Bachmann and several of her GOP colleagues targeted specific names and individuals in the government. The letter to the State Department Inspector General singles out Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and asserts that Abedin is the perfect example of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “deep penetration” in the administration. Bachmann’s letter claims that three of Abedin’s family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and implies that Abedin’s proximity to Clinton is no coincidence as the department has “taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) called out Bachmann for her fear campaign:

If she has sources for this type of information, she owes it to the country to reveal them to the proper authorities, but definitely not this way. If she doesn’t have this type of information, she should not be whipping up fear and hysteria about a very important matter.

Abedin was born in the United States, attended college at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and the popular Clinton aide is also married to former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY). But the letter, co-signed by Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), offered no evidence of Abedin’s alleged nefarious connections, and instead cited Gaffney’s Muslim Brotherhood in America website.

Angela Guo