Ariz. congressman among lawmakers to sign controversial letter on Muslim Brotherhood

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Trent Franks By Jennifer Thomas Trent Franks By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is one of five Republican congressmen to sign a series of letters that have sparked a national firestorm, but he has yet to respond to any of the criticism.

The letters allege the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. government and claim a top Hillary Clinton aide has links to the extremist group.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is the lead author of the letters, which were sent to inspectors general of multiple government agencies.

The letters say the State Department's 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."

The claims have been criticized by Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner, among others. 

"These attacks have no logic, no basis and no merit and they need to stop," McCain said Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Boehner said the accusations "are pretty dangerous."

But Franks has been silent on the issue.

3TV made multiple attempts to contact the congressman through his spokesman, Ben Carnes. On Wednesday Carnes said he was working on a written statement but never sent one and did not return calls Thursday.

Daniel Hay, Franks' district chief of staff, said Franks and the other four lawmakers who signed the statement would release a joint statement by close of business Friday.