U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., blasted President Trump’s unique envoy to Venezuela on Wednesday over his history of supporting conservative federal governments in Latin America and his guilty plea in 1991 to two misdemeanor counts of lying to Congress however started by called him the incorrect name.
Omar called Elliot Abrams, the envoy, “Mr. Adams.” She went on to ask why he should be thought Wednesday after formerly withholding details years ago about the Iran-Contra affair.
Abrams attempted to react, but was cut off by the freshman agent, who informed him it was not a question. It was heated up and Abrams said it was an “attack.” Omar later on published a video of the exchange but left out the part where she called Abrams the wrong name.
Some posts on social networks said it appeared she read from a “script.”
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” It’s wrong members of this committee can assault a witness who is not allowed to respond,” he said.
Omar, who has a seat on the Home Foreign Affairs Committee, went on to state that “on Feb. 8, 1982, you [Abrams] testified prior to the Senate Foreign Relations committee about U.S. policy in El Salvador. In that hearing, you dismissed as communist propaganda the reports about the massacre at El Mozote.”
She asked him: You stated the “U.S. policy in El Salvador was a ‘amazing accomplishment. Yes or no, do you still believe so?” Omar pushed, “Do you think that massacre was a fantastic achievement that occurred under our watch?”
” That is a ludicrous concern, and I will not respond to it,” Abrams said. “I’m sorry, Mr. Chairman, I am not going to react to that sort of individual attack, which is not a concern.”
Abrams informed the committee that he believes increasing worldwide pressure will ultimately lead to the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.
He did not predict when Maduro would step down. However Abrams said “a storm is brewing” inside his federal government and the Venezuelan leader “will not have the ability to weather it much longer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.