Hardball | July 24, 2012
>>> we're back. add newt gingrich to republicans who want to find out if muslim brotherhood has influence over the government. in an interview he refused to denounce michele bachmann 's call for such an investigation or for her request to look at the top hillary aide huma amedine.
>> do you believe the allegations?
>> it was a question, a serious question.
>> request for investigation.
>> the question ought to be asked across the board, what's the role of the muslim brotherhood , what are its various networks and to what degree does it now influence the government of the united states .
>> do you think it's infiltrated the u.s. government ? that's the core of the allegation?
>> i think it's worth knowing.
>> everything is worth knowing.
>> i think it tells you something about the level of hysteria attacking these five members of congress.
>> from your own party.
>> i think those folks are wrong. i think they will ask the question what is it they are afraid of learning.
>> anyway, not just gingrich, rush limbaugh is also coming to bachmann 's defense. is there such a thing as too far right? i doubt it. msnbc political analyst and author of "my father." it seems when you begin a mccarthyite investigation with the presumption they have something to hide, have you to care it out of them like being an agent of the muslim brotherhood and it's a top aide of hillary clinton . nobody likes confidence in her a .
>> bachmann 's inquiry is justified. no reason to tar and feather her. it is a legitimate question to want to know p one of hill hill's top aides poses a national security threat because of her parents' close ties to muslim brother mood. that's all they are asking and mccain and the republican establishment in the senate went to the floor to trash bachmann . and one of the things that -- i just add, i think that will is an effort by the republican establishment to take bachmann out. winding up to campaign against her in a that's another subject.
>> see the world we are living in here? rush limbaugh is going after the republican establishment as too far left . so guys like john mccain and lindsey graham are too far reft. to launch the inspector general investigation of someone's -- loyalty which is what they are talking about here. loyalty to this country. and it is just a casual open question , that's all. would anybody i know like to be investigated by the united states government for whether they are loyal or not? your thoughts. you are reporting on this thing.
>> first of all, parse huma is concerned he is hillary clinton 's deputy chief of staff. people don't understand washington parlance. but she's not making policy. i mean, deputy chief of staff in washington is a political --
>> what -- you think that she's fair became now?
>> for bachmann 's later -- to investigate everybody?
>> no, i don't. that's why this entire controversy is so strange. why bo after somebody in this position that's for closeness to clinton? it is a strange question.
>> she is very close to clinton. she goes on an airplane and sitting next to each other, she is great and loyal to her husband.
>> that's my point. not making policy. i agree she's loyal. what i'm saying is she's not making policy so it is a very strange question to be asking in the first place. and the whole -- what rush limbaugh is saying that the republican establishment is going after her because she's diverting attention from the primary agenda which is -- talking about president obama and the economy.
>> you know what this reminds me of? american history . french and indian war , very well tailored and very well perfumed french officers explain the behavior offal ice and crazy allies that are taking scalps in where. these people are embarrassing the republican party . but they want their votes. ron reagan , thank you. thank you, erin. i do not offend indians. i like american indians . they were here first. these guys