While various right-wing luminaries — including Mitt Romney adviser John Bolton — are defending Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) campaign to root out an alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government, many of her Republican colleagues have criticized her campaign. The Huffington Post reports today that many of Bachmann’s fellow members of the House Intelligence Committee are speaking out as well:
“We have a small committee, we work hard together, it’s a very bipartisan committee and we deal with national threats,” said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee. This does not help our committee at all.” [...]
“Given our access to sensitive information, I also believe members of the Intelligence Committee have a special responsibility to exercise caution in making statements about national security concerns,” said Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), a member of the committee. “The only reasonable action for the authors of these letters to take would be to withdraw their requests.”
“The unfounded allegations made by some members of the Intelligence Committee against Huma Abedin are deeply disturbing — and damaging to the committee’s work and its reputation. The authors discredit themselves and are deserving of no further comment,” added Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) initially supported Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood witch hunt, calling it “very important,” but he has since backtracked. Referring to Bachmann’s suggestion that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is working on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, Rogers said, “That kind of assertion certainly doesn’t comport with the Intelligence Committee.”