Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams got into a heated exchange on Wednesday during a hearing on America’s military role for Venezuela.
After incorrectly addressing him as “Mr. Adams,” Omar went after his credibility for withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra affair and how he considered American involvement in El Salvador as a success.
“If I can respond to that,” Abrams interjected.
“It wasn’t a question,” Omar replied.
“It was an attack, an attack,” Abrams shot back.
“I reserve the right to my time,” Omar continued over the protest of Abrams.
“It is not right for members of this committee can attack a witness who is not permitted to reply,” he said.
When asked if he thinks a massacre that occurred in El Salvador “under our watch” was a “fabulous achievement,” Abrams said it was a ridiculous question and won’t respond to a personal attack.
“Under your watch a genocide will take place and you will look the other way because American interests will be upheld, is a fair question. Because the American people want to know that anytime we engage a country that we think about what our actions coud be and how we believe our values are being fathered,” Omar explained.
“That is my question, will you make sure that human rights are not violated and that we uphold international and human rights,” she asked.
“The entire thrust of American policy in Venezuela is to support the Venezuelan people’s effort to restore democracy in their country. That’s our policy,” he replied, adding, when asked by Omar, it is always the position of the U.S. to protect people against genocide.
Watch above, via CSPAN.