Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on CNN Sunday morning that he sees nothing wrong with Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment about 9/11 that has drawn much criticism from Republicans including President Trump.
Nadler said that the president "has no moral authority to be talking about 9/11 at all" and described how Trump "stole" a grant meant for small businesses affected by the attacks.
"He stole $150,000 from some small businessperson who could have used it to help rehabilitate himself," Nadler said about Trump.
"She characterized it only in passing," Nadler said about Omar's remark. "She was talking about discrimination against Muslim Americans and she just said after that happened it was used as an excuse for lots of discrimination and with withdrawal of civil liberties. I've had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not with that one."
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: President Trump posted a video on Twitter attacking Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for her speech in which she described the 9/11 terror attacks as saying some people did something.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement condemning the president for what he's doing, but she also seemed to have a message for Congresswoman Omar too saying in her statement: "The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground and any discussion of it must be done with reverence."
Did you take any issue with the way Congresswoman Omar characterized 9/11?
REP. JERRY NADLER: No, I did not.
She characterized it only in passing. She was talking about discrimination against Muslim Americans. And she just said that, after that happened, it was used as an excuse for lots of discrimination and for withdrawal of civil liberties.
No, I did not take -- I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not -- but not with that one.
And for the president to -- 9/11 occurred in my district. I'm very familiar with it. I know a lot -- I know people, a lot of people, who suffered from it.
I was involved, I was instrumental in getting funding for small business grants for victims of 9/11, for people with small businesses in the area.
The president -- he wasn't president, but Donald Trump actually took a $150,000 grant from the Bush administration. They let him take a $150,000 grant meant for small businessmen for 40 Wall Street, the small business 40 Wall Street.
He stole $150,000 from some small businessperson who could have used it to help rehabilitate himself. And that's why we appropriated it, why I got Congress to appropriate that money. To use it for his own small business of 40 Wall Street, he has no moral authority to be talking about 9/11 at all.