Top Dem senator wants to block Apache sale to Egypt over injured American

The top Democrat on the Senate’s powerful spending panel wants the Trump administration to hold up a billion-dollar Apache helicopter sale to Egypt until it pays the bills of an American citizen wounded in a 2015 attack by the same US-made aircraft.

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who froze $300 million in US military aid to Egypt last year over alleged human rights abuses, has told the State Department that he wants Cairo to pay the medical bills of April Corley.

Egypt had used US-made Apache helicopters in the botched 2015 raid that left Corley severely wounded. The attack mistakenly struck Corley’s tour group traveling in Egypt’s Western Desert, killing her boyfriend and 11 other tourists, mistaking them for militants.