On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: Deleted Trump tweet superimposing Ilhan Omar’s statement with images of plane crashes into the twin towers)
Capitol Hill – After President Donald Trump tweets this video, superimposing Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) comments decrying the mitigated civil rights of American Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 attacks – overlaid with videos of the attacks, with a comment in all caps:
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Rep. Omar issues a statement saying in part:
“Since the President’s tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video. I thank Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issues a statement of saying:
“Following the President’s tweet [Friday], I spoke with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff. They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces.”
“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”
As the Capitol Police step up their security of Rep. Omar, President Trump deletes his tweet.
Even as Congress is on recess for the coming fortnight, Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee is expected today to serve a “friendly” subpoena to President Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, to glean financial information dating back 10 years. This comes after Michael Cohen testifies to the House that Trump inflated claims of his net worth in an effort to buy the Buffalo Bills football team.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill