Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams on Support for Central American Genocide

Rep. Ilhan Omar takes Elliot Abrams to task for his role in past U.S. regime change and genocide Latin American policies

News.Yahoo, February 13, 2019

... Omar, a freshman, began by pointing out that Abrams had pled guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanor counts of lying to Congress over the Iran-Contra affair, a plot hatched by the Reagan administration to assist rebels trying to overthrow the left-wing government of Nicaragua. Abrams was Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs under Reagan and a key figure in the scandal. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for giving false testimony, but was pardoned President George H.W. Bush as Bush was leaving office.

Omar suggested Americans would have reason to doubt Abrams’s testimony about the United States role in Venezuela.

... Venezuela is enmeshed in both an economic crisis and a power struggle between the elected president, Nicolas Maduro, and National Assembly head Juan Guaidó. Abrams was appointed special envoy last month by President Trump, who has recognized Guaidó as interim president.

Omar then turned to Abrams’s role in dissembling about a 1981 massacre in El Salvador. Abrams had dismissed the murder of hundreds of residents of the village of El Mozote by Salvadoran army units trained by the U.S. military advisers during a civil war. A 1992 Human Rights Watch report said that Abrams’s Senate testimony had “artfully distorted several issues in order to discredit the public accounts of the massacre.”
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