Ilhan Omar: Republicans Who Stormed SCIF Are Like ‘Mobsters’ Using an ‘Intimidation Tactic’ against Witnesses

Ilhan Omar: Republicans Who Stormed SCIF Are Like ‘Mobsters’ Using an ‘Intimidation Tactic’ against Witnesses

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has strongly criticized the House Republicans who stormed into the Secure Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) earlier this week and disrupted the testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper. Speaking on SiriusXM, the freshman congresswoman compared them to mobsters.

“They barged in and interrupted a deposition taking place, and they did not apologize or explain why they didn’t remove their phones,” Omar said.

“These are recording devices – it’s easy to use them to hack. There is sensitive information and in the interests of national security — which Republicans always talk about. This, I think, was a very childish and dangerous move.”

“There is a mobster mentality in the White House, and now it’s moving into the leadership of the Republican in the House,” she said.

“Mobsters, gangsters are known, when there is a court hearing, to bring people into the room to line the back and stare down the person who is testifying against their member, their leader, whatever the case may be, to make sure they understand that if they were to make a statement that were going to get them in trouble, they might not survive.”

“This is an intimidation tactic that is known worldwide, and that is the intimidation tactic they are deploying,” she said.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.