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Michele Bachmann Flees Press Conference Surrounded By Staffers After Ethics Questions Raised

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) held a joint press conference with Minnesota state Sen. Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) on Tuesday, hoping to address what they saw as issues with their state's Medicaid system. When reporters began to ask about the ethics investigations currently targeting Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign, however, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that her staff recoiled, closing ranks around the congresswoman and whisking her out of the room to avoid further questioning.

Bachmann and her staff have had contentious relationships with members of the press in the past. Last month, Bachmann ran away from CNN's Dana Bash as she sought to question the congresswoman on an unfounded attack she'd lofted at President Barack Obama.

Bachmann's failed 2012 presidential campaign is currently facing two allegations of campaign finance violations. The first was filed by Peter Waldron, a former Bachmann staffer, while the second is an ongoing probe being carried out by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

On Tuesday, Bachmann blamed the investigations on a political vendetta held by Democrats and maintained that she would be cleared of any wrongdoing.

"There's political motivations that are involved because I've been named as the number one target [for] defeat by the Democrat Party, by Nancy Pelosi and also by SuperPACs so, you know no one can know anyone's thoughts or intents, but clearly it looks like it's politically motivated," she said, according to City Pages.

[H/T Salon]

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