Rep. Omar Spokesperson Statement on Islamophobic Statement from Democratic Colleagues, Death Threats
June 10, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS—Senior Communications Director/Strategist Jeremy Slevin released the following statement in response to a statement from some House Democrats accusing Rep. Omar of giving "cover to terrorist groups." Rep. Omar reached out to the letter organizers before it was released in order to offer clarification. Those calls were not returned.
"In 2020, the International Criminal Court—the multilateral criminal justice organization that the United States helped found but has not joined—opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed by both the Taliban and the United States in Afghanistan, in addition to allegations in 2021 against Hamas and Israel during the 2014 Gaza conflict. President Donald Trump opposed this investigation and went as far as to sanction individual staff of the court—a blatant interference with the rule of law and international justice. Thankfully, President Biden repealed those sanctions, but has thus far opposed the investigations.
"At a committee hearing on Monday, Rep. Omar thanked Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for the Administration’s decision to repeal the sanctions and asked about justice mechanisms for victims of war crimes outside the criminal court.
"As usual, the far right is ginning up hate against Rep. Omar for a technical question about an ongoing investigation. This has already led to an increase in death threats against her and our staff. And now some of her own Democratic colleagues are ginning up the same Islamophobic hate against her, accusing her of giving 'cover to terrorist groups' simply for exercising oversight over a criminal investigation.
"It is Rep. Omar's role as a Member of Congress conducting federal oversight to follow the facts, ask questions of the Administration and work to make sure the public understands our government shouldn’t deny any person from seeking justice."