Elliott Abrams, who currently serves as the Trump administration’s special envoy to Venezuela, reacted angrily when Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) questioned him about his past support for murderous Latin American regimes.
In particular, Omar questioned Abrams about whether he was still proud of dismissing accurate reports about the infamous El Mozote massacre that was carried out by American-trained troops in El Salvador in the 1980s.
“More than 800 civilians, including children as young as two years old, were brutally murdered,” Omar told him. “During that massacre, some of those troops bragged about raping a 12-year-old girl before they killed her. You later said that the U.S. policy in El Salvador was a ‘fabulous achievement.’ Do you still think so?”
A visibly upset Abrams told Omar that it was a “fabulous achievement” that democracy came to El Salvador, but Omar wouldn’t let him dodge the question and he eventually had to admit that he didn’t think a mass killing conducted by American-trained forces was something to be proud of.
Next, she turned to Abrams’ role in whitewashing war crimes that were being carried out under the orders of Guatemalan leader Ríos Montt, who was later convicted of ordering genocide within his own country.
“Would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide if you believed they were serving US interests as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua?” Omar asked.
“I’m not going to respond to that question, I’m sorry,” he said. “I don’t think this entire line of questioning is meant to be real questions.”
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David Letterman jokes ‘enormous fellow’ Donald Trump can ‘eat the restaurant empty’
The folks over at TMZ caught up David Letterman in Los Angeles this Thursday and asked him his thoughts on which presidential candidate, Donald Trump or Michael Bloomberg, is more fun to have dinner with.
Letterman, who knows both men well, and according to the former late-night talk show host. "there'd be nothing left" on the plate.
"He's such an enormous fellow, he would eat he restaurant empty," Letterman said.
In regards to Bloomberg, Letterman said, "I think he eats like a bird."
‘Pardon will follow in short order’: Experts trounce Trump for announcing Roger Stone has ‘very good chance of exoneration’
President Donald Trump continues to ignore Attorney General Bill Barr's threat of resigning if he continues to tweet about Justice Dept. cases. Barely hours after a judge sentenced the president's longtime confidant Roger Stone to a mere 40 months in jail Trump announced he believes Stone has a "very good chance of exoneration," presumably on appeal – unless he is planning a pardon, which is not exoneration, although Trump apparently does not know that.
How climate change reduced the flow of the Colorado River
The massive Colorado River, which provides water for seven US states, has seen its flow reduced by 20 percent over the course of a century -- and more than half of that loss is due to climate change, according to new research published Thursday.
Two scientists at the US Geological Survey developed a mathematical model of the water movements -- snowfall, rainfall, run-off, evaporation -- in the upper Colorado River basin for the period from 1913 to 2017.
To do so, they used historical temperature and precipitation data, along with satellite readings of radiation, in order to understand how climate change had affected those water movements.