July 18th, 2012
11:07 PM ET

KTH: Rep. Bachmann's unproven claim about Huma Abedin

Sen. John McCain took the extraordinary step of speaking out on the Senate floor against fellow Republican lawmaker Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other legislators.

"When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it," McCain said.

He was referring to Bachmann's allegations that members of a radical Jihadist group are infiltrating the U.S. government, specifically naming an aide to Secretary Clinton, Huma Abedin.

McCain also stated in his address, "These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack."

Anderson Cooper traces the roots of the report and debunks the evidence. Keeping Them Honest, he also explains the implications of the claims on U.S. foreign policy.

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