Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for tweets about pro-Israel group

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., arrives for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel.

Earlier Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats had rebuked her for the tweets.

Omar said she had no intention of offending anyone by a tweet over the weekend suggesting that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, was behind the scheme. Another tweet mentioned "the Benjamins," a reference to $100 bills.

AIPAC denied the assertion, and Democrats said they were shocked.

Omar tweeted Monday afternoon: "I unequivocally apologize." She thanked her colleagues for educating her on anti-Semitic Jewish tropes. She said the influence of money in politics remains a problem and must be addressed.