McCain defends Clinton aide
Against the backdrop of stark polarization in American politics:
US: Republican Senator John McCain leapt across the political aisle
Wednesday to defend a top aide to Democrat Hillary Clinton who has been
accused of conspiring with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
McCain railed against accusations from five lawmakers in his own
party, including former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, that
Huma Abedin is somehow part of a Brotherhood conspiracy to influence US
Abedin, who is in her mid-30s, is a long-time aide of Secretary of
State Clinton who has traveled around the world with her and acted as
her chief of staff during her losing 2008 run for the White House.
McCain's intervention, delivered on the floor of the Senate, was
startling as it came against the backdrop of stark polarization in
America's bitter politics, with the rival camps in Washington gearing up
for November elections. AFP