Chairman Of House Intelligence Committee Drops Support For Bachmann’s Islamophobic Witchunt

Before facing heat this week for her paranoid quest to root out Muslim Brotherhood influence on the U.S. government, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) got support from the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers. But today, Rogers distanced himself from Bachmann’s allegations about Muslim-Americans.

In an interview with the USA Today, Rogers responded to a wave of criticism about Bachmann’s allegations about Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rogers said:

That kind of assertion certainly doesn’t comport with the Intelligence Committee, and I can say that on the record. I have no information in my committee that would indicate that Huma is anything other than an American patriot.

This was not an activity that was sanctioned as any intelligence committee matter.


Rogers was singing a different tune earlier this month when he appeared on a radio show hosted by Islamophobe Frank Gaffney, a sometime Bachmann advisor and source of her attacks. Gaffney asked him about the Brotherhood’s “influence operation” within the government, particularly about the cleansing of Islamophobic F.B.I. training materials. Rogers said:

Well we are revisiting some of those decisions and a member of my committee Michele Bachmann is kind of taking the lead on this particular issue and going through and trying to figure out what they took out of the training materials and what they left in and why did it get changed? And why the agressive language change and how we teach about the Islam religion and radicalism in Islam.

All of that stuff is very, very important to go through and determine if they have been politicized or not.

Bachmann and Gaffney, for their parts, have stuck to their charges. Bachmann took more bipartisan heat this weekend for doubling down and accusing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) — who has led the charge to demand evidence of Bachmann’s allegations — of being “associated with… the Muslim Brotherhood.”