Jackson Lee defends the U.N. as a venue to demand apology for Lara Logan

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Friday during a debate on defunding the United Nations that the institution is useful, and should be used to demand an apology from Egypt for the sexual assault of Lara Logan.

The Hill reports that Jackson Lee said: “The United Nations is where we can call upon the Egyptian government to explain themselves and to apologize.”

“We celebrated what happened,” Jackson Lee said of the successful ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, “but many of you are aware of the tragedy that happened to one of our American reporters.”

Jackson Lee recommended that the Egyptian ambassador to the United Nations be called upon to “apologize to Ms. Logan and apologize to the American people for the tragedy that happened to this woman who was doing her job.”

The amendment to defund the United Nations came from Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, who said he wanted “the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N out of the U.S.” According to the National Journal, it failed 234-177.