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July 18th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Investigating Bachmann's claims of Islamic infiltration

Rep. Michele Bachmann alleges that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, may have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Her claims are unfounded.

CNN’s Dana Bash tells Anderson Cooper that she tracked down Rep. Bachmann to try and get some answers. “The good news is I can walk pretty fast in heals,” Bash tells Anderson. “The bad news is Michele Bachmann can walk just as fast.”

Watch the video above to see Bachmann avoid Bash’s questions. While Bachmann says on camera that she can do an interview with Bash later, Bachmann’s office replied saying she didn’t have enough time in her schedule.

Senator John McCain took an unusual step in going to the Senate floor to condemn Bachmann’s remarks. “He knows Huma personally,” Bash said. “He likes her and respects her and feels that she’s being unfairly maligned.”

McCain isn’t the only Republican speaking out against Bachmann’s allegations. Ed Rollins, who ran Bachmann’s campaign for president for a short time, wrote a “scathing” piece where he called her “dishonest” and noted Bachmann had “difficulty with her facts” and that what she’s doing is “akin to McCarthyism.”

Salon writer Alex Seitz-Wald tells Anderson, “I think this was a message that was aimed at her base, trying to gin up some anti-Muslim fever before the election and then it kind of blew up a little too big.”

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  1. Oliver A. Dyer

    Why must politicians make statements that range form outright lies, false accusations, statements taken out of context and edit their opponent's statements to fire up their respective bases. If anything I would be less likey to vote for a candidate who feels he must feed me lies and/or in accurate information to fire me up.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  2. mike garner

    Completely irresponsible! And this is from those we entrust to set an example and do what is right? Beware! McBachmanism is on the loose in America....

    July 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  3. sylvester stanislas

    This is racial profiling, it seems thats, what republicans been doing since Pres. Obama took office. To accuse Huma Abiden of this with no evidence was stupid. Michelle Bachman and others like her are destroying the country and they need to be thrown out of congress and for John McCain from her own party to condemn her is even worse.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  4. katie wallbanger

    This current story involving Michelle Bachman regarding "Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration" is absolutely clear that she is a cerifiable nut job. It's proven especially from her previous outrageous false claims.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm |