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McCain defends Huma Abedin on Senate floor

McCain defends Huma Abedin on Senate floor

John McCain is making news for the second day in a row. Yesterday, he broke character and gave Sarah Palin a sort of backhanded compliment.

His former VP running mate, whom he has been shy to defend and whose reputation has been viciously maligned by his staff, might have appreciated as spirited defense as he gave today to Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff (and Anthony Weiner’s wife), Huma Abedin.

Abedin’s alleged family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood were mentioned as part of a larger request for investigations in letters sent by Cong. Bachmann and four other congressmen on June 13, which address a series of security concerns:

In the letter, Bachmann, Franks, Gohmert, Rooney and Westmoreland questioned the Inspectors General about the direct influence within the intelligence community of Muslim Brotherhood operatives. They explained that the U.S. government in federal court has established that the group’s mission in the U.S. is “destroying the Western civilization from within.” The members went on to request that the respective offices of the Inspectors General conduct a formal investigation or evaluation of the extent to which Muslim Brotherhood-tied individuals or entities are involved.

Abedin’s family is mentioned in the letter to the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State:

The Departments Deputy, Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and /or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making…

Cong. Ellison requested sourcing for the allegations, which was then provided to him (some would say she “schooled him”) by Bachmann:

“Not once in the letter to the Inspector General of the Department of State, as you summarize, was it stated that “by extension, (Ms. Abedin), may be working on the organization’s behalf….That her family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood has been reported and referenced widely in the Arab-language media, including Al-Hayat, The Arab Times and Al-Jazeera.”

In response, Senator McCain gave a speech on the floor of the Senate Wednesday attacking the letters:

….On June 13, five members of Congress wrote to the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State, demanding that he begin an investigation into the possibility that Huma and other American officials are using their influence to promote the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government. The information offered to support these serious allegations is based on a report, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America,” produced by the Center for Security Policy.

To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant….

….These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.

Later Wednesday, Cong. Bachmann said their letters are being “distorted”:

The letters my colleagues and I sent on June 13 to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State – and the follow up letter I wrote to Rep. Ellison on July 13 – are unfortunately being distorted.

I encourage everyone, including media outlets, to read them in their entirety….

It is unclear whether Senator John McCain has researched the source documents provided by Cong. Bachmann.

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That is why it would take 101 Republicans to have a working majority in the Senate. I don’t know who is dumber, McCain, Biden, or Kerry.

John McCain doesn’t read anything. The man is an idiot. If you get ahold of the movie “Rumors of War III” you will find out that there are several muslim brotherhood members INSIDE the White House. With high level security clearance too.

Michelle Bachmann knows what she’s talking about.
I wish I could link you to the movie, but it’s no longer airing online. You have to buy it.

John McCain makes me sick.

John McCain has completely lost his last marble. When will he realize that EVERYONE thinks he’s a buffoon. That’s a rhetorical question, btw.

RINO TRAITOR AMNESTY-JOHN mccain is not just an embarrassment to all patriotic citizens in his home state of Arizona, he’s an embarrassment to ALL American citizens.

Doesn’t it just cheer your heart to know that your choice 4 years ago was between this guy and the guy we got.

More than 300 million people in the country and those two were the best that we could come up with.

Closed system perhaps, run by an elite? Let me give that some thought.

Have John McCain and John Roberts been communicating?

I’m not clear why they included Huma Abedin’s name in the letter without specific proof that her family has influenced her feelings about the Muslim Brotherhood. I understand the five congressman are upset about the State Dept’s shift towards the Brotherhood but they don’t offer anything more than guilt by (albeit a close) association.

There’s no question that their treatment of the Brotherhood is another reason why this administration needs to be defeated in the general election.

    Guilt by association is relevant in the case. Let’s not be naive. I’ve been investigated for less.

      PhillyGuy in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      People in government know and like Huma Abedin. I’m reluctant to make the direct connection without more proof. They could have easily make their point without including her in the letter. Perhaps handle that part of it through back channels.

      I think McCain probably knows this woman and doesn’t agree that her persuasions are anything less than honorable towards the USA.

      I don’t know that for sure but it would seem unusual for even McCain to defend her without that feeling. I could be wrong but that’s my inclination.

        If all the bad guys twirled their mustaches and said “Nyah-ah-ah!”, we wouldn’t need to check anyone’s background. Everyone could easily identify who the bad guys are. What if she was actually spying? How dumb would everyone look for not clearing her with all of the family connections she has with terrorists?

        She is not “guilty” by association, she is “compromised” by association. I would say she is too big a risk to hold her position. But she IS hot.

        I also believe the Red Sox should fire Bobby Valentine. But I digress.

          PhillyGuy in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

          She’s the deputy Chief of Staff – which means she had to be vetted by the FBI and the Secret Service. She’s also well known among both Republicans annd Democrats because of her long service to Mrs Clinton.

          While this may be unpopular with this crowd, unless Bachmann has evidence, she should have left this woman out of this letter.

          retire05 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

          One has to only look at Huma Abedins family and you start scratching your head wondering how this woman managed to become an intern to Hillary Clinton when the Clinton’s were in the Oval Office and Abedin was just a 20 year old student.

          What is known about her is that her parents are [supposedly] teachers yet Huma has a real flair for expensive, designer clothing and Marc Jacobs designer line tote bags, not to mention her tony address before she married Weiner. All supported on a White House staff salary.

          A number of people have questioned her loyalties before. It seems a strange relationship betweem Abdin, a devout Muslim, and the Jewish Weiner. It is said that Hillary was the one who encouraged the marriage. It has also been reported that Abedins brother is closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

          P.S. Professor Jacobson: mia culpa

        J Motes in reply to PhillyGuy. | July 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        PhillyGuy wrote:
        “People in government know and like Huma Abedin.”
        Well, that’s a ringing endorsement for sure. Many of us distrust our government and do not respect the opinions of the people who would use their government positions to enslave us. And that group includes Huma Abedin’s boss Hillary Clinton and the entire Democrat party.

        “… doesn’t agree that her persuasions are anything less than honorable towards the USA.”
        Abedin works for a far-left Democrat who is herself widely believed by many on the right to have persuasions that are less than honorable towards the USA. Stuff like supporting the UN Small Arms Treaty and other globalist efforts to suppress the Constitutionally enshrined rights of the American people, not to mention plans that will steal our money to redistribute it to the undeserving poor. And when I say “undeserving poor” I refer, sarcastically, to the kleptocrats in the UN, the NGOs, Democrat politicians, and the dictators who run the Third World. I do not mean the poor people who live in nations that are kept poor by dictators and tyrants — and by the American left and global government progressives, including Hillary, whose policies and incompetencies support them. By working to bring Hillary Clinton’s plans for the USA into fruition, Huma Abedin proves that she does not have the best interests of the American people in mind.

        Last, the American left has cast its lot with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups that have sworn to destroy the USA. Anyone who willingly works for a leftist American politician supports that agenda, intentionally or not, knowingly or not. If Huma Abedin were not at least sympathetic to the aims of the Islamic movement, sho would not be working for Hillary Clinton or anyone else in the Democrat party.

        HarrietHT in reply to PhillyGuy. | July 19, 2012 at 12:33 am

        Perhaps you don’t have the time that I do to sniff things out on the internet. But I would say that Bachmann and her allies are closer to the truth than JM. Spend a little time over at Gates of Vienna and check out the OIC and the ILCA; at Gates, see specifically “The Islam Critics’ Conference in Brussels story, posted July 16, 2012. You probably also missed an interesting story over at PJMedia by Andrew McCarthy titled Secretary Clinton and ‘Real Democracy’ in the Middle East; it’s still up on the front page down several scrolls.

        There is no way Bachmann, Gohmert, Franks and the others would have authored their statement unless there were an awful lot of dots suggesting their premise is valid. JM is showing a side of himself better left hidden; one wonders what skin he has in this particular game.

McCain is the shining symbol of everything that is wrong with the Republican Party.

Good ‘ol Juan McRINO. You can count on him to always be a gentleman. Why, he’ll even thank the Islamoterrorist about to decapitate him for using a clean knife.

Another strike against the bimbo is she’s married to Anthony “My Facebook page got hacked-that’s not my package” Weiner.

bear with me on this, but MAYBE its best he lost in 2008.
it surely woke a lot of people up and helped to START to take things off autopilot.its made the last few years harder, but maybe in the end it will be better as the public is getting involved.
McCain, while he did brave stuff decades ago, has grown accustomed to living off the accolades given for his service decades ago. He has done very little good in a long time.
a rotten apple does not start out rotten…but thats how it ends.
plus this apple gave us an msnbc commentator…

    The fact that dmacleo’s analysis might possibly be correct is why we drink…..

    98ZJUSMC in reply to dmacleo. | July 19, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I share those exact same thoughts. Late 2009, I began to entertain the idea that (and I still find it hard to type this) Burqa O’Jugears McSandtrap may be the best thing to happen to this country since Reagan, for those very reasons.

      it may have awoken the sleeping giant that was (is) the average american.
      it may have made them realize they cannot trust the right thing will be done and they must involve themselves.
      at least I hope thats what happened.
      I’ve often said I am not in favor of term limits, I do not think anyone should be able to tell me I cannot vote for someone, but I am GREATLY in favor of voter imposed term limits….IOW vote them out often.
      hoping this catches on.

Also McCain did clarify what he meant by those comments about Palin. He thought that Palin was a better fit and better candidate for HIS campaign. In no way did he mean that the others were less qualified or not as good overall.

In fact, he spent some time talking about how smart and honorable Romney was. He was clearly all in for Romney and gave him great praise.

That part probably won’t get reported.

And I don’t even like McCain. But I do try to be fair when I can.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Sometimes, ol’ John still hears the haunting, kreeky-kreeky sounds of the NVA’s tennis shoes as they creep around the cell-door of his mind. On those days, he can go…. Maverick, on ya!

As has been typed here in prior comments, McCain’s sacrifice in a war and service to country, run by LBJ, just as 44 runs his drones, was great.

As a Senator and Presidential nominee, not so great.

But, but, but, but he’s a WAR HERO! A WAR HERO!!

And besides, he said he was a conservative.

Every six years.

I’ve said this here before, but I just want McCain and his daughter who was obviously dropped on her head as a child, to just SHUT UP.

I know, they’ll never listen to me, but I can hope, can’t I?

McCain is just regressing back into his childhood, he craves attention and the closer to the election we will be treated to more of his unhinged ranting.

SmokeVanThorn | July 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

John McCain most fervent loyalty is to the governing class to which he belongs.

SmokeVanThorn | July 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Make that “John McCain’s most fervent loyalty”

My God. John McCain is turning into Jimmy Carter.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

The ole boy is only making it harder for Meghan to find a man.

After the obligatory curses for McCain’s many apostasies, I ask myself: how many of these times when McCain strayed off the reservation was he taking a side weaker on national security?

Answer came there none, of course, and so the real question is who has more credibility in national security, and who is more of a flake between McCain and Bachmann?

David Yotham | July 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

The biggest problem is that we, the citizens of this republic, assign honor to dishonorable men. After hearing of one or two well motivated actions, without knowing all the possible alternatives, we label these men as ‘ours’. McCain has been a dishonorable man for decades – nothing has changed. He can only be trusted to advance himself.

“People in government know and like Huma Abedin.”

People in government, regardless of political persuasion, believe the Muslims committing violence in the name of Islam around the world are Salafists who misunderstand the Koran and Sharia.

No kidding here: McCain suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, from his days as a POW. It’s that simple.

He’s the last person that the GOP can rely on, because when the going gets tough, he’s going to hysterically identify with the opposition and worse, turn on his allies.

He needs to be marginalized, just like his useful idiot of a daughter.

An explanation of Stockholm Syndrome for those unaware of the condition:

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Stockholm+Syndrome

I could see how having someone with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood on your side could be an asset. But given the people she is working with do not consider the Muslim Brotherhood to be a problem we really can’t give them the benefit of the doubt.

I guess if she were a spy then that would explain the marriage to Weiner. It is impossible to believe anyone would willingly marry him without an ulterior motive. All of these people like Bill and Hillary and Huma marry for power just like the families in medieval times always tried to marry their way up the aristocracy.

None of these people are even remotely human so it is impossible to fathom their motives.

The results of current US/Islamic diplomacy cam be seen here:

http://statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/what-price-heritage/

She stayed by Weiner’s side for a reason. The reason can’t be that he is good looking, honest or loyal. So, the reason is something else.

Looks like most of the GOP leadership is now on the same side as McCain.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78741.html

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