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Ilhan Omar’s most controversial moments, from AIPAC tweet to ‘not 1 dollar for DHS’ call

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Ilhan Omar's most controversial moments, from AIPAC tweet to 'not 1 dollar for DHS' call

Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., stepped into the spotlight as she made history — alongside Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib — as the first Muslim woman elected to Congress in November. And since she was officially sworn-in, Omar has used her platform to voice her bold opinions, particularly on social media.

Omar has made a string of controversial statements in recent weeks that have sparked a backlash from members across both sides of the aisle.

On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Omar to apologize for tweets suggesting members of Congress are being paid by American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to support Israel. AIPAC has vehemently denied the assertion.

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“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Pelosi said in a statement, which was also signed by other Democratic leaders. “We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”

In response, Omar promised Pelosi, fellow lawmakers and voters that she is “listening and learning, but standing strong.”

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” she wrote in a statement released online. “We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

However, Omar added she still “reaffirms” what she considers a “problematic role of lobbyists” in politics. She highlighted AIPAC, as well as the NRA and fossil fuel industry as particularly troubling.

“It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” she continued.

As Omar attempts to put this most recent controversy behind her, take a look at other contentious moments she’s had since taking office.

“Not 1 dollar for DHS”

Omar called on members of her party to “stand their ground” against the Department of Homeland Security in a Feb. 8 tweet demanding “#Not1Dollar for DHS.”

But after Fox News reported that she had called for cutting funding to DHS, she subsequently claimed her tweet had advocated a freeze in the DHS budget, not a cut.

“@RepPressley, @RepRashida, @RepAOC and I are calling for #not1dollar more in new funding for Trump’s abuses under DHS,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet two days later.

A “coup” in Venezuela?

As the U.S. officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the president of Venezuela amid an economic “crisis” under socialist leader Nicolás Maduro, Omar took to Twitter to claim President Trump was backing a “coup” in the country.

The comment came as tens of thousands of people marched the streets in protest of Maduro’s rule.

“The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime,” Trump said as he endorsed Guaido, adding that he would work alongside the leader to “restore constitutional legitimacy.”

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Omar said a “U.S.-backed coup” is “not a solution to the dire issues they face.”

“Trump’s efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. We Must support Mexico, Uruguay, & the Vatican’s efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue,” she added

The remarks soon came under fire, as several slammed Omar for seemingly siding with Maduro.

Covington commentary

Omar deleted a tweet criticizing a group of Covington Catholic students for allegedly starting a confrontation at a rally in Washington, D.C. before more footage was released that offered more context to the story.

In mid-January, Omar replied to one of Trump’s tweets defending Covington student Nick Sandmann and his peers who were in D.C. to attend the March for Life which happened to coincide with the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington. Omar argued the students were taunting black protesters, despite accounts to the contrary, and cited a videotaped comment about rape, though it’s unclear whether it was one of the Covington students who said it.

“The boys were protesting a woman’s right to choose & yelled ‘it’s not rape if you enjoy it’ … They were taunting 5 Black men before they surrounded Phillips and led racist chants … Sandmann’s family hired a right wing PR firm to write his non-apology,” she wrote in the since-deleted tweet.

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But eventually, as an apparently unedited roughly 2-hour video surfaced, Omar took down the tweet.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) slammed Omar for spreading fake news at the time.

“Rep. Omar is an embarrassment to Minnesota, and it’s time for the rest of the Minnesota delegation to denounce her anti-Semitic views and support of hate groups,” NRCC spokeswoman Carly Atchison told The Hill in a statement.

Lindsey Graham is “compromised”

Omar suggested Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was blackmailed into supporting Trump’s agenda in an early January tweet.

“They got to him, he is compromised!” Omar commented, sharing a video clip of Graham appearing on CNN. 

The comment came the same day that MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle came under fire for implying that Graham was being blackmailed by Trump over “something pretty extreme,” though neither Omar nor Ruhle provided any evidence to support such a bold claim.

Fox News’ Frank Miles, Joseph A. Wulfsohn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Huckabee lashes out at Trump critic Romney: ‘Makes me sick’ you could have been POTUS

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Huckabee lashes out at Trump critic Romney: ‘Makes me sick’ you could have been POTUS

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lashed out at Sen. Mitt Romney after the Utah Republican said he was “sickened” by the level of dishonesty from President Trump’s administration in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be Sec of State, but makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS,” Huckabee tweeted Friday.

Earlier in the day, Romney tweeted that it was good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with collusion or obstruction of justice. The former GOP 2012 presidential candidate then blasted Trump and his campaign for having contacts with Russians.

“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney posted.

“I am appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement,” he wrote.

Mueller’s long-awaited report was released Thursday morning and contains nearly 900 redactions. It showed investigators found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. No conclusion was reached on whether Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction.

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Huckabee ran against Romney for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination and is the father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Romney and Trump’s contentious relationship has been well documented, with both men having exchanged congratulations and insults over the years.

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CNN wanted accusations against Trump to be true, White House spokesman says

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CNN wanted accusations against Trump to be true, White House spokesman says

White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley struck back at CNN host Anderson Cooper on Friday, a day after having a contentious interview with the journalist, saying he would not be lectured by a member of the mainstream media who has been “lying” about President Trump.

“First of all, I’m not going to take a lecture on truth-telling from anybody in the mainstream media who has been lying about this president for the last two years, telling the American people that Donald Trump committed treason which is a crime punishable by death as you well know,” Gidley told “Ingraham Angle” host Laura Ingraham.

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On Thursday, Cooper and Gidley went back and forth over the release of the long-awaited Mueller report.

The report showed investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia but did lay out an array of actions taken by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry.

At one point during the interview Cooper asked Gidley if the president lied.

“No, i’m not aware of him lying. He hasn’t lied to me,” Gidley responded.

“I feel bad that you’re scared to say that your boss lied,” Cooper later added.

Gidley accused CNN of wanting accusations of collusion between the president and Russia to be true.

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“The point is, for me to sit there with CNN and listen to them, who they wanted this to be true so badly. So many in the media did, and I understand why they don’t drop it,” Gidley said.

“Because if they did, they would be admitting the fact that the last two years of their life was a complete and total waste.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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DOJ calls Nadler subpoena for full Mueller report ‘premature and unnecessary’

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Gingrich suggests Nadler’s push to further probe Mueller report is an attempt to save his job in the House

The Department of Justice responded Friday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s request for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full and unredacted report, dismissing the request as both “premature and unnecessary.”

DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement that Attorney General Bill Barr provided Mueller’s report on Thursday with only “minimal redactions” and, “in the interest of transparency,” the department had provided certain members of Congress, including Nadler, with a report that had “even fewer redactions.”

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“In light of this, Congressman Nadler’s subpoena is premature and unnecessary. The Department will continue to work with Congress to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests,” Kupec continued.

Nadler said in a statement early Friday that he subpoenaed the DOJ for the “full version” of the Mueller report and “underlying evidence,” requiring the department to comply by May 1.

“My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice,” Nadler’s statement read. “The redactions appear to be significant. We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the special counsel developed to make this case.”

Prior to the release of the long-awaited report, Nadler also made a request that Mueller himself provide testimony “as soon as possible” before his committee to explain his findings in the nearly 400-page report.

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“It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings.”

While there was no immediate response from Mueller, Barr said at a press conference prior to Nadler’s request that he would be open to providing testimony on the report.

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