During a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar grilled Trump administration official Elliott Abrams, accusing the diplomat of being a liar and pressing him on his involvement in the 1980s Iran-Contra affair and killings in Central America during the Reagan administration – WITHOUT ALLOWING HIM TO RESPOND.
“I don’t understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful,” she said.
This was a part of the exchange: Omar: “Yes or no, do you think that massacre was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?”
Abrams: “That is a ridiculous question”
Omar: “Yes or no?”
Omar: “I will take that as a ‘yes’”
Meanwhile, many are still demanding Omar’s removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her anti-Semitic tweets.
Unless Representative Omar resigns from Congress, at minimum Democrat leaders should remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. pic.twitter.com/xivvu45pSs
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 13, 2019
You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you? https://t.co/EqqTyjkiNE
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 13, 2019
Ilhan Omar explodes at CNN over anti-Semitism scandal
Omar: “Are you serious? What is wrong with you?”
Manu Raju: “I’m asking you a question about your tweet…saying [Trump] trafficked in hate”
Omar: “Yes I tweeted, and there’s a response. You can run that. Have a nice day” pic.twitter.com/pR7fxederX
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 13, 2019
Abrams, the Trump administration’s Special Envoy to Venezuela, told the committee he believes increasing international pressure will eventually lead to the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.
Abrams did not predict when Maduro would step down. But he said “a storm is brewing” inside his government and the Venezuelan leader “will not be able to weather it much longer.”
Abrams testified comes about a month after the U.S. took the unusual step of recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.
He told lawmakers that U.S. oil sanctions are starting to bite the economically devastated country and are expected to cause oil production to be cut in half by the end of the year.
Abrams urged Venezuelan security forces to rise up against Maduro.
Once again, the people of Venezuela have taken to the streets in support of a peaceful democratic transition to Interim President Juan Guaido. It is time for the Venezuelan military high command to stand alongside its people, not with Maduro’s Cuban patrons. pic.twitter.com/8KS7zZzfb2
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 13, 2019