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Wed Jul 25, 2012, 10:56 AM


Top Romney Adviser Bolton Calls Bachmann’s Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt ‘Legitimate’ [View all]

Appearing on a radio show on Tuesday, John Bolton, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy adviser, defended Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s (R-MN) call for an anti-Muslim witch hunt investigation to determine whether U.S. officials have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

“What I think these members of Congress have done is simply raise the question to a variety of inspectors general in key agencies,” Bolton told former Bachmann campaign adviser Frank Gaffney, the man most frequently credited with inspiring Bachmann’s latest anti-Muslim conspiracy. “Are your departments following their own security clearance guidelines, are they adhering to the standards that presumably everybody who seeks a security clearance should have to go through, are they making special exemptions? What is wrong with raising the question? Why is even asking whether we are living up to our standards a legitimate area of congressional oversight, why has that generated this criticism? I’m just mystified by it.”

The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations defended Bachmann’s call for an anti-Muslim witch hunt after conspiracy talk show host Glenn Beck, Republican talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) took Bachmann’s side, even though other top Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Mike Rogers (R-MI) have publicly come out against her comments.

And while Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), who both sit with Bachmann on the House Intelligence Committee, joined the chorus of criticism on Wednesday, they might not matter as much as they’d hope thanks to the Romney campaign’s top foreign policy adviser calling an anti-Muslim witch hunt a “legitimate area of congressional oversight.”



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