Cravaack on Bachmann's Muslim inquiry: "Let the facts go where they go"

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  • July 27, 2012 - 7:34 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack on Friday declined to join Republican U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline in offering any criticism of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's quest to investigate a Muslim state department employee and others.

"Let the facts go where they go," Cravaack said on TPT's Almanac program.

He said he was asked to sign on to her letters, sent to several federal agencies, which asked for an investigation of potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the United States government and specifically raised questions about a Muslim state department employee.  Cravaack said he declined to sign because he could not confirm the letters' allegations.

After U.S. Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and 2008 presidential candidate, and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner publicly criticized Bachmann's accusations, Paulsen said Bachmann's comments were inappropriate and Kline said they were "a bit over the line."

Asked if he join would join them in criticizing Bachmann, Cravaack, a freshman from Minnesota's northern Eighth District, said: "Michele is going to answer to the charges that were. I say just let the facts go where they go."

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