Rep. Ilhan Omar Applauded for Grilling Elliott Abrams Over Role in US-Backed Genocide, Massacres, and Death Squads in Latin America

Source: Common Dreams

Heated exchange called “particular must-watch for anyone who believes U.S. intervention in Venezuela is ‘humanitarian.'”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer • Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams testifies during a hearing before House Foreign Affairs Committee February 13, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fiercely grilled President Donald Trump’s Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams over his support for U.S.-backed massacres and genocide in Latin America throughout the 1980s, as well as his role in the Iran-Contra scandal.

“I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.” —Rep. Ilhan Omar

“In 1991, you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding your involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush,” Omar stated at the beginning of her remarks. “I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.”

When Abrams attempted to respond to what he called an “attack,” Omar stated simply, “It wasn’t a question.”

The Minnesota congresswoman went on to recount the horrific details of the El Mozote massacre, in which U.S.-trained Salvadoran soldiers raped and murdered more than 800 civilians, including many women and young children.

“You later said that the U.S. policy in El Salvador was a ‘fabulous achievement,'” Omar said. “Yes or no: Do you still think so?”

After Abrams claimed that El Salvador became a “democracy” after the U.S. intervened, Omar pressed on, asking, “Yes or no, do you think that massacre was a ‘fabulous achievement’?”

Watch the exchange:

Omar went on to ask whether Abrams would “support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide if you believe they were serving U.S. interests, as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.”

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