House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee after criticizing her comments about war crimes, Politico reports.
Omar stoked controversy earlier this week after questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the Biden administration’s opposition to an International Criminal Court investigation into Israel’s war in Gaza in 2014.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Omar tweeted. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
The comment drew outcry from Republicans and a group of Jewish Democrats, prompting Omar to accuse them of harassment and Islamophobic tropes. But Omar later issued a statement seeking to clarify her comment.
“To be clear, the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the US and Israel,” she said. “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
McCarthy pushes ouster:
“I think Nancy Pelosi should remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs committee,” McCarthy told Fox News on Tuesday, calling Omar “an individual that has not once, but on numerous occasions been anti-Semitic.”
“I will promise you this,” he added. “If we are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs, or anybody that has an anti-Semitic, anti-American view. That is not productive, and that is not right.”
Omar could face censure vote:
McCarthy stopped short of calling to censure Omar but some Republicans are crafting a resolution to censure Omar and other members of “The Squad” for “defending terrorist organizations” and blaming the group for recent antisemitic attacks in the country.
The resolution comes as a group of House Democrats pushes to censure Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust.
Pelosi, meanwhile, told CNN that Omar remains a “valued member of our caucus.”
“She clarified, we thanked her, end of subject,” Pelosi said.