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    Boehner Joins Bachmann Outcry

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    John Boehner became the latest member of Congress to condemn the calls by Rep. Michele Bachmann and others for an investigation into the supposed infiltration of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood. “I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous,” the Republican House speaker said Thursday. Bachmann and four other representatives have claimed that three immediate family members of longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor earlier this week to defend Abedin’s character, and former Bachmann presidential campaign chief Ed Rollins wrote an op-ed denouncing the claims. State Department spokesman Phillip Reines also addressed the accusations, calling them “nothing but vicious and disgusting lies.” Bachmann, for her part, has said little about the letter other than insisting that what she and her colleagues were requesting has been “distorted.”

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