Apparently the backlash against Rep. Michele Bachmann from fellow Republicans and counterterrorism officials for accusing State Department official Huma Abedin of terrorism ties has not dissuaded Rep. Steve King from advancing the charge. The Iowa representative said at a town hall meeting this week that he’s seen secret information showing that Abedin is “deeply entrenched in the Muslim Brotherhood.” “Her network is deeply entrenched in the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s what I see from the news, and that’s what I see from the investigative reports that have not yet been published,” King told a crowd in Le Mars, Iowa, this week.
Abedin is a close personal aide of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and is married to former New York congressman Anthony Weiner. In an open letter to the State Department’s inspector general sent in June, Bachmann suggested that Abedin should have her security clearance revoked because of alleged familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (her dead father had worked for an organization supported by a guy who worked for another organization that was allegedly connected to the Brotherhood in Europe in the 1970s).
When a constituent asked King about Abedin, he replied, “I have never met her; I do know about what’s in the news reports about her. And things that I am hearing from the people that are doing investigations beyond what we see in the news indicate very strongly to me that her family network, her network, is deeply entrenched in the Muslim Brotherhood.” CREDO SuperPAC, a liberal super PAC tracking a handful of Tea Party lawmakers, captured video of the remarks and provided it to Salon:
Bachmann earned sharp rebukes from Sen. John McCain, Speaker John Boehner and other leaders in her party for her unsubstantiated claims against Huma Abedin. King's remarks on Abedin came during the same event as his comments supporting Rep. Todd Akin.