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Elliott Abrams, US envoy for Venezuela, faces combative House hearing as policy stalls

WASHINGTON - In his first appearance in Congress as special U.S. envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams on Wednesday defended the Trump administration's seemingly stalled efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, saying the authoritarian ruler's "time is up."

"There is a storm brewing inside the Maduro regime," said Abrams, a veteran diplomat best known for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980s. "He will not be able to weather it much longer."

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