Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democratic Party leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives will allow Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to retain her committee seats, including her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, despite her antisemitic comments Sunday alleging that Jews had bought Congress’s support for Israel.
Roll Call reported Monday evening (original links):
Moreover, Omar’s opposition to “lobbyists” is highly selective: earlier Sunday, prior to the controversy, she retweeted a statement of support from the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a lobbyist group.
Republican leaders and some Jewish groups had called for Omar to be removed from her committees — as they had removed Rep. Steve King (R-IA) after he appeared to condone white supremacy and white nationalism in a New York Times interview, and even though King denied having done so.
Pelosi’s decision leaves a radical left-wing Democrat with a record of antisemitic statements in a position to affect the future of U.S.-Israel relations, thanks to her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.