A group of more than 25 angry Democrats are taking turns reading the entire redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller out loud on the House floor.
The group began reading the report that found no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in the Rules Committee room on Capitol Hill Thursday around noon ET and planned on finishing the 448-page report in 12- 14 hours.
The report is being live-streamed and the recording will be made into an audio-book.
The spectacle comes as Democrats demand the entire, unredacted Mueller report be disclosed and they are pursing legal action to obtain it.
Pennsylvania Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon, vice chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, who rallied Democrats to join her in the public reading, warns the report indicates there are instances that could qualify as obstruction of justice.
“We’ve been saying for weeks that if you think there was no obstruction and no collusion, you haven’t read the Mueller report,” Scanlon told the Washington Post. “So the ongoing quest has been, ‘How do we get that story out there while we are waiting for the witness to come in?”
Scanlon insists Democrats’ 12 hour stunt staged on the House floor has nothing to do with politics.
“It’s not a ploy to keep anything going.The Mueller report was a mandate from the Department of Justice that there be an investigation into these very troubling aspects about what was happening in our government,” she said. “So you know, it may be inconvenient, it may be time-consuming, but its what we have to do.”
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Department of Justice for the full unredacted report. Attorney General William Barr rejected their demand and the committee voted to hold Barr in contempt. The attorney general, however, will not be held in contempt without votes from full House.
President Trump countered the third hour of Democrats’ marathon reading of Mueller’s report with a 25 minute speech on immigration from the White House Rose Garden Thursday.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Thursday his panel will vote on “enforcement action” against Barr or the Justice Department next week, after the Justice Department missed a Wednesday deadline to hand over the unredacted version of Mueller’s report.
Schiff insists he requested the report and “a dozen narrow sets of documents” that were referred in the report to determine whether the department was acting in good faith.
“The deadline came and went without the production of a single document, raising profound questions about whether the department has any intention to honor its legal obligations,” Schiff said. “If they don’t demonstrate some good faith we will be forced to compel them to honro their legal commitments.”
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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