***UPDATE: AUDIO ADDED***
It seems to me that Rubio hasn’t even read the letter based on his comments, yet he is completely disassociating himself from it in an interview with NPR:
THE HILL – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) expressed disagreement with a letter authored by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Fla.) and a number of other House Republicans claiming that a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is an infiltrator in the U.S. government for the Muslim Brotherhood.
The letter claimed that Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Clinton and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), is connected to the Brotherhood.
“I am not a signatory to that letter,” Rubio said in an interview on “The Diane Rehm Show” on Thursday. “I didn’t even know the letter had gone out, to be honest with you, and I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter. Obviously, every member of Congress has a right to express their opinion and every member of Congress is held accountable for those opinions, if they’re right or if they’re wrong.
“I can tell you that I don’t share the feelings that are in that letter from anything I’ve seen and heard,” Rubio continued. “And in fact, I’m very very careful and cautious about ever making accusations like that about anybody.”
First of all Bachmann’s letter NEVER suggested “is an infiltrator in the U.S. government for the Muslim Brotherhood”. That’s a false characterization made by The Hill. The letter merely noted the connections Abedin’s family has to the Muslim Brotherhood which goes exactly to the point of potential divided loyalties. In other words, could her family members or others sway her to do something that she wouldn’t normally do?
As far as Rubio my guess is that he has fallen prey to a typical media tactic of trying to pit Republicans against one another and has found himself taking a side without knowing all the facts. He should be corrected for this.
But if it turns out he knows all the facts then what he said is just ridiculous and he should be called out for it.