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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  1. Kevin

    Nesa from Florida states "The Middle East is not a place to mess with given the hatred they have for the US." I couldn't agree more... which is why we need to investigate why so many Muslims with family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (a radical Islamic group in the Middle East) are working in top level US government jobs. It is a well know fact that radical Islam has a 100 year plan to turn America into a Muslim nation. It is time to purge from within the Obama administration and tighten our borders!!! Besides radical Islam, the most dangerous, radical religion now facing our country is the religion of "Political Correctness" which is totally based on fear. Fear of speaking the truth. Fear of offending Muslims. Do you really think that radical Muslims will not harm you as long as you are nice to them? Michelle Bachman is willing to stand for America and willing to ask for an investigation into the truth. Anderson Cooper, you are sympathetic toward the wrong people. America is not a Muslim nation. We Americans have every right to ask these question and get real answers.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  2. Brian T

    Amazing to see so many readers so concerned that congresswoman dares to ask a legitimate question.

    Does anyone here understand what the goal of the MB is? They desire that Islam dominate the entire world. Crazy? Look at Egypt. Look at their own web site.

    An inquiry could prove Bachmann wrong. I hope she is. But there is no doubt Abedin has nefarious connections.
    Her mother heads the Muslim sisterhood – they have same goal as the brotherhood.

    Abedin would not get a security clearance if she had to apply for one. That fact makes an inquiry legitimate if she has access to sensitive material.

    Not a single commentor here can refute Bachmann's allegation that an INQUIRY is warranted. AllI read is empty ad hominen attacks against her. Can't you people have an honest debate without calling names? If there is no reason to be concerned why cant you just say why?

    July 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  3. isabella29

    Michelle Bachmann is a religious fundamentalist, a bigot and an illiterate folk tale teller who only studied one book (the bible) in her lifetime.
    Her kind should be kicked out of politics... our nation was formed on separation of church and state.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  4. logan5

    And this is what Bachmann presented as evidence to support her claim that the Muslim Brotherhood had DEEPLY penetrated our government?? A woman's dead father who had ties to a man who had ties to a group which then had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood! Intriguing, maybe, but to call this a DEEP penetration is just asinine and a desperate reach. But I can name a potentially dangerous and destructive religious group that really has deeply penetrated and rooted itself into our government . . . the Christian Right.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  5. Jim

    That we allow this woman to hold public office says alot about all of us, she reminds me of the folks behind the witch hunts in Salem. And that she has support from anyone and a lack of outrage and condennation from anyone is horrific.

    July 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  6. jalal pirzada

    As fellow muslim american, we demand an apology from Rep. Michele Bachmann for defaming Huma and holding Muslims with double standards. If I was Huma, than would sue Bachmann for libel.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  7. Goose66

    Man I hope this woman doesn't speak at the convention!

    July 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  8. Nesa from Florida

    I agree with you that these allegations have dire consequences as our foreign diplomats and Head of State visit these foreign countries. The Middle East is not a place to mess with given the hatred they have for the US. These Members of Congress should be held liable for the hatred they are spewing. They could have put the lives of the Secretary of Stare and her cabinet at risk, which they did from your reporting. This spewing of hatred in the public arena should also be looked into wit the Media. Take for example, Rush Limbaugh, he came out reporting about "bane' being the brunt of attack in the movie Dark Night. Look what happen today in Colorado after the showing of that movie. 20 people are dead and many injured because some hater believed in Limbaugh's message and decided to take matters in his own hands. I may be speculating but given time this assertion will be tied into this fiasco. Limbaugh and the Members of Congress should be disciplined for their actions.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  9. Katleho

    Anderson, come on, honestly.. she can not be serious? For a republican Sen. John McCain articulated his response very, VERY well in response to the remark that Bachmann made. Obviously she does not think before she speaks and has no idea what she is talking about. But you know what, I am not surprised seeing as it is coming from her.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:57 am |
  10. Nick

    Dear Anderson,
    thank you for following up with this story and holding people acceptable to truth. no one should make a false and baseless accusation just for gaining fame and publicity. Anderson, keep up the good journalistic work. you rock.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  11. SC

    Bravo, Sen. McCain. Much respect to you. I've never respected you when you were erratic in the past. Now I think you are somewhat decent.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  12. Marcia

    I am outraged that Michelle Bachmann serves as a congresswoman, shaping policies and sitting on the intelligence committee. She is obviously abusing her privilege and power. She lacks in integrity, with little regard for her unfounded allegations. Her character and behavior should be called out. She claims to be a Christian, but doesn't display Christian actions. She is a disgrace to the members of congress and should be asked to resign!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  13. R.L. Ferguson

    Don't forget she has several co-conspiritors. If it were only her, that would be dangerous; but there are five in the U.S. Congress that we know of. These five are willing to come forth now. No telling how many are waiting in the wings. They won't come forward now they've seen what the response has been; but they are alive and well. Congress is nothing more or less than a reflection of oury society. I'd like to think Bachman and her colleagues are doing this just for publicity, but I fear they are genuinely sincere in their beliefs. That makes them much more dangerous than if they were just publicity seekers. No matter the reason, they have the support of their constituents, and that paints a perfect picture of why our government is in such disarray. In our minds; they're insane. In their mnds; we're insane; and no amount of blogging, or reporting, or debating will ever change that.I pray that something will bridge the divide, but I'm concerned that the event(s) that accomplish it will be a great and terrible healing.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  14. Griff.

    "Yes, Coop! They call it 'free speach' even in a Muslim Governed Regime!"

    July 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  15. Michael Lawrence

    Michelle Bachman is obviously living lala land. It is so apparent that she is just seeking publicity. I think she should have been investigated prior to running for office to see if she was competent. She appears to need to call home. Michelle where are you?

    July 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • gita

      Bravo Senatot McCain. Bachman has demonstrated a mean streak that is unworthy of American values and the Senator has shown why America stands for great ideals and values. During the Presidential debates, Bachman showed why nobody took her seriously. A very crafty, mean-spirited politician, who would stoop to any levels to earn quick points! Huma should be thrilled with the overwhelming support of the whole nation!

      July 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  16. Griff.

    "Reservations she has a right to mention, in a Democracy where a Muslim sit's in the highest seat of power!"

    July 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  17. Frank Ujfalusi

    Please explain the fact that the FBI would not even interview the Army Dr who murdered 13 military in Texas, because they were afraid to profile the good Doctor.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  18. Darren

    I bet all 5 Rep. are Tea Party members.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  19. Muhammad Fahimuddin

    Finally someone had a courage to speak truth about Huma Abedin. Republican party became the party of bigots who only spread hate and fear to get votes!

    July 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  20. lukebradley

    Good for John McCain for being able to put aside the seemingly endless partisanship in US politics. The claims made by Bachmann are based on nothing other than Abedin's background. This is pure, unbridled discrimination. Bachmann should step down in shame.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  21. J. Wilkins

    Anderson, thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention; Michelle Bachman should be ashamed of herself especially as an elected representative of the United States. I know she's too young to remember how destructive Mcarthyism was to this country, but one assumes she has more than an 8th grade education. Her methods go against everything this country represents. Most of us, and I dare say Michelle Bachman and Frank Gaffney, descend from immigrants who came to this country seeking not only a better life but to escape just this kind of fear and bigotry. Unfortunately, freedom of speech allows Ms. Bachman and her ilk to express such hatefulness, but it also makes it possible for you to remind people to use their brain and not blindly follow or believe unproven allegations. Who's to say anyone of us is safe from being their next target after they finish with their current targets. You have renewed my faith that Morrow's belief in the opportunity for the media to educate is alive and well!!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  22. Joyce Muckleroy

    We have so many capable people in the USA that could be Mrs. Clinton's assistants – why do you pick a person who is controversial.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • David Bandas

      Certainly you're speaking of Ms. Bachman, right?

      July 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • LJ

      uhhh, maybe because she qualified and she's an American..

      July 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Askaquestion

      That is a darn good question for 1 reason only – getting a sensitive government job in US requires passing a very complicated vetting process. Even if there is a small suspicion you will never get the job – unless that is you are a clinton or a bush protege.
      She may be qualified 1000 times over but i do agree this is not a role for which anyone with controvertial family history should be hired. Simply because as AC points out bloggers will sooner or later pick up on it – yes sorry free speech is still allowed no matter how much CNN dislikes it
      One has to wonder what the thinking/vetting process was indeed

      July 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  23. andre draughn

    I'm not surprised..watching Miss bachman during the republican debates and her accusations against President Obama , I'm continuosly appalled she's alllowed a forum to speak at all. America is a nation of immigrants, the damage of her accusations can only divide us as a nation futher than we already are. This is McCarthyism revisited. Why isnt she being investgated?

    July 19, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  24. Walt Weiskopf

    Dear Anderson, I'm watching your show (as I do often) and I am so thankful and grateful to you and CNN for your excellent reporting and persistence on Michelle Bachmann's most recent antics. This story actually should also be on the Ridiculist if it wasn't so serious. Thank you.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:20 am |