The Address | Benghazi – Libya
WASHINGTON – Two Democratic members of the United States’ House of Representative, who took part on the House’s subcommittee hearing on the conflict in Tripoli yesterday, were financially aided by a member of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood.
The House’s Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism held a hearing on the situation in Tripoli with the participation of four “witnesses” whom are: Benjamin Fishman of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Megan Doherty of Mercy Corps, Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Thomas Hill of the United States Institute of Peace.
The four “witnesses” presented contradicting and misleading information during the hearing. For example, they talked about how the military operation of the Libyan National Army (LNA) had exacerbated the political divide in the country. However, those “witnesses” failed to provide context of the ongoing political division in the country, namely the role of the Libya Dawn Operation of the General National Congress (GNC) in fighting the internationally-recognized House of Representatives in Tobruk in 2014.
The four “witnesses” also spoke of how LNA’s operation gave a rise to terrorism and criminal militias without recognizing that those militias operate in territories controlled by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Not to mention the fact that these militias are linked to the terrorist group that played a role in the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, according to a report by the New York Times.
A closer look at those who participated in the hearing sheds the light on the reasons why it took such one-sided tone.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, at which Frederic Wehrey is a Senior Fellow, is one of the research centers funded by Qatar to support the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Egyptian political activist Cynthia Farahat.
“Carnegie has organized an international forum for studies under the title “Turkey- Qatar: a strategic vision for common defense policies and regional crises” in collaboration with the Qatari Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center. The center is the cornerstone of Turkish-Qatari policy understanding in the region,” said Farahat.
Furthermore, the only Libyans present at the hearing were Ibrahim Sahd and Esam Omeish, both of whom are members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Omeish is a former Vice President of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Northern Virginia. In 2000, Omeish was among those who recommended the board of directors to hire infamous Al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki as the mosque’s imam.
Omeish particularly had a great deal of influence over two House Democrats who took part in the hearing; Tom Malinowski and Gerry Connolly.
Public records of the U.S. Federal Election Committee show that Omeish made a thousand-dollar donation to Malinowski’s campaign for Congress in December 2017 and a five-hundred-dollar donation in January 2018.
Omeish also financially aided Connolly’s campaign, making a thousand-dollar donation to his campaign in November 2017 and another thousand-dollar donation in October 2018.
Malinowski and Connolly were two of the five House Democrats who sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of war crimes against Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
In a much broader sense, it seems that some Democrats are still trying to take aim at Republican President Donald Trump who not only announced his support for Field Marshal Haftar and his efforts to combat terrorism in Libya, but also sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in their boycott of Qatar.
The Democratic Party faced a major political flop after losing the 2016 presidential elections. The Democrats had another setback after the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that there was no collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.