Sanchez On ‘Muslim Intern Spy’ Hunt: ‘I Am Appalled’

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We told you earlier about the strong statements from Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and André Carson (D-IN) denouncing the call by four Republicans for the sergeant at arms to probe whether a Muslim advocacy group planted “intern spies” on the Hill.

But it looks like Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) was first out of the gate on this one.

She released this statement yesterday:

Earlier today, Politico reported that some of my Republican colleagues have formally asked the House Sergeant at Arms to investigate the Council on American-Islamic Relations for “planting” Muslim interns and staffers on the Hill. I am appalled by this request, and the insinuation that Muslim-Americans are somehow conspiring against this country through their work on Capitol Hill.

As a strong advocate for diversity and religious freedom, I find these claims to be outrageous and offensive. I urge the rest of my colleagues to join me in denouncing this witch hunt, which is clearly intended to create fear and distrust in our Capitol Hill community.

Still no statements from Dem — or GOP — leaders on the matter.