Elliott Abrams, a veteran national security official, has been recently named the special envoy to Venezuela under the Trump Administration. However, during a hearing for the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday Rep. Ilhan Omar brought up Abrams’ history of withholding information from Congress regarding foreign affairs, according to The Washington Post.
During the hearing, Omar pressed Abrams on his involvement with an American coverup of the massacre of the Salvadoran village in 1981. During that year, the U.S. had backed a Salvadoran army which at killed at least 800 civilians in the village of El Mozote.
“If you are going to appoint someone who has a history of lying to Congress about human rights abuses to be the special envoy for a brewing humanitarian crisis, it is entirely fair to question him about prior acts of bad faith.” -Dan Drezner in PostEverything
Reports of Omar’s questioning caused controversy within global affairs public opinion. Some commended Omar for bringing up Abrams’ prior involvement in the incident, showing support for bringing light to such atrocities. Meanwhile, others spoke out in saying that Elliott Abrams was simply a dedicated public servant. Nonetheless, Rep. Ilhan Omar shed light onto necessary information that should be known about Abrams, especially considering his new role involving Venezuela.
“It’s a remarkable record of support for Latin democracy, of which Rep. Omar is obviously unaware and in which she is uninterested. That was clear from her conduct, which constituted attacking rather than questioning a witness.” -Elliott Abrams