Dana speaks! US House Rep Dan Rohrabacher, Republican out of California, has been in the news repeatedly over the weekend. Though many outlets tried to verify details of what was going on, what took place in Iraq, that wasn't possible.
This morning Rohrabacher's office has issued a statement. Martha was checking the public e-mail account and saw it in the e-mails and she then called me (thank you to Martha and to everyone who works the public e-mail account). Since there is so much interest in what exactly did happen in Iraq on that Congressional delegation visit, we'll note it now -- this is not the snapshot, there will be one later today and we will note the Rohrabacher's statement in that as well. Here's the statement:
Istanbul, Turkey, Jun 11 - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following statement on his recent meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki while in Baghdad as part of an official Congressional delegation:
On May 26th, Rep. Rohrabacher announced his intention of conducting a hearing into the April 8th massacre at Camp Ashraf in eastern Iraq where 35 unarmed civilians were killed and scores more injured during an attack by Iraqi soldiers. Mr. Rohrabacher's request for delegation access to the site was denied by the U.S. State Department and the Iraqi government.
He states they were not expelled. Unless we hear otherwise, we'll take him on his word on that -- and that corrects what I wrote Sunday when I wrongly used the word "expulsion" -- so my apologies for my error. Of the reports over the weekend, the two strongest were Chelsea J. Carter and Mohammed Lazim's (CNN) report and Roy Gutman's (McClatchy Newspapers) report.