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Rep. Ilhan Omar pressured over tweet about Sen. Lindsey Graham

The newly-elected congresswoman is under fire for her Tuesday tweet.
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Newly-elected Member of Congress Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing questions over a tweet she posted regarding Sen. Lindsay Graham.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Omar suggested that the Republican Sen. Graham, who during the presidential nomination process was a staunch critic of Trump but who has since become one of his most prominent backers, was "compromised."

Omar didn't provide any evidence to back up her assertion and it sparked criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.

On Thursday, she found herself on the receiving end of questions about it on CNN, in an exchange you can see below.

During the conversation with CNN's Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, Omar explained her tweet as follows: "I am pretty sure that there is something happening with him.

"Whether it is something that has to do with his funding when it comes to running for office. Whether it has something to do with the polling that they might have in his district, or whether it has to do with some sort of leadership within the Senate.

"He is somehow compromised to no longer stand up for the truth."

Sciutto responded by saying "that is quite a charge to make," adding that it's a "remarkable comment to make about a sitting U.S. Senator," before Harlow said that Rep. Omar was not presenting evidence, but her opinion.

Omar then responded by conceding it's her opinion, saying: "My tweet was just my opinion based on what I believe has been visible to me and I'm pretty sure lots of Americans agree on this."

The first-term congresswoman, who represents Minnesota's 5th District, has also been on the receiving end of a smear attempt from some right-wing media outlets and commentators, who claim she was implying that the compromising information about Graham relates to his sexuality, despite her making no reference to this in her interviews.

And finally in Rep. Omar/Twitter news, the congresswoman was also quizzed on Thursday about a tweet she posted in 2012 in which she wrote: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel."

You can see how she explained it below.

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