Ilhan Omar accuses journalist Glenn Greenwald of ‘bizarre assertion’ for saying she defended John Brennan, Logan
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday and journalist Glenn Greenwald traded barbs on Twitter after Greenwald mentioned Omar defended former CIA Director John Brennan and the Logan Act.
It began when Omar responded to a tweet from Greenwald saying the FBI ought to examine Brennan for Logan Act violations. Brennan had condemned the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh as “prison” and “extremely reckless” in a Friday tweet.
The legislation punishes people concerned in overseas authorities affairs with out permission and is usually cited in relation to the 2017 Russia Investigation. Greenwald argued on Twitter that the legislation is “about undermining present U.S. overseas coverage.”
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Omar responded to Greenwald’s remark, saying Brennan’s tweet “wouldn’t represent a violation of the Logan Act” as a result of it was a “one-sided communication and even when directed at a overseas energy, appears to fall exterior the statute’s scope.”
Greenwald — who lately resigned from the publication he co-founded for alleged “repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity” — then printed a weblog put up about Omar’s response, titled, “Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Misguided Protection of John Brennan and The Logan Act: a Harmful and Unconstitutional Legislation.”
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“Two issues I by no means although[t] I might see: 1) @IlhanMN defending John Brennan, who bombed and killed civilians in quite a few nations together with Somalia, and a couple of) @IlhanMN defending an outdated, repressive legislation designed to criminalize dissent from US Overseas Coverage. Welcome to Trump-era politics,” Greenwald tweeted in a thread linking again to the weblog put up.
Omar referred to as Greenwald’s tweet “a bizarre assertion” and “ludicrous.”
“…At no level did I present a protection for both,” she mentioned. “That is merely ludicrous, however I’m positive you knew that.”
Greenwald argued that the Minnesota congresswoman “completely did” defend Brennan and the act.
“The principal argument in opposition to the Logan Act for many years is that it is so obscure no person is aware of what it contains, leaving it to FBI to unilaterally threaten dissidents. You claimed it has clear definitional contours & know what it encompasses. That is a protection,” he tweeted.
Omar referred to as his argument “flawed” and went on to defend her tweet in regards to the Logan Act as “a factual limitation of a legislation” and accused Greenwald of getting “private emotions wrapped up” of their debate.
The Logan Act is an obscure statute that has by no means been efficiently utilized in a prison prosecution and was meant to stop people from claiming falsely to symbolize america authorities overseas.
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Fox Information’ Brook Singman contributed to this report.