During a heated House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing about the crisis in Venezuela, Ilhan Omar Accussed The United States Of ‘Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide.’
“In 1991, you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information to Congress regarding your involvement [in] the Iran-Contra affair for which you were later pardoned by George H.W. Bush,” she said, according to Fox News.
“I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful,” she said.
The Iran-Contra affair involved senior Reagan administration officials secretly facilitating the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo, in the hopes of using those funds to support right-wing paramilitaries attempting to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista government.
Abrams attempted to respond, but Omar said she was not asking a question.
“That is a ridiculous question,” Abrams responded when Omar asked him if he thought the massacre was a “fabulous achievement.” “I am sorry, but I am not going to respond to that kind of an attack.”
Rep Omar then asked if Abrams would “support crimes against humanity or genocide if you believe they were serving U.S. interests as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.”
“I don’t believe this line of questioning is meant to be real questions and so I will not reply,” Abrams stated firmly.
He closed by saying, “When we say all options are on the table, that is because all options are on the table,”
But did say that military action “is not the preferred route and not the route we’re going down.”
Here is the full exchange between anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Elliott Abramspic.twitter.com/o34kt9UjvR
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 13, 2019