Is there something funny going on with Ilhan Omar?
Rep. Steve Drazkowski of MN thinks so.
And he’s calling for a full-fledged investigation!
The news is coming fast and furious on this one, and I don’t think it’s going to slow down anytime soon.
Take a look:
Meanwhile, the left-leaning Minneapolis Star Tribune recently conducted it's own investigation into whether Omar married her brother to avoid deportation, and the results may raise an eyebrow or two!
Check it out:
Here's more on that, from our friends over at Breitbart:
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Saturday that an extensive investigation into the question of why Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was married to one man but filed a joint tax return with another could not determine whether she had married her brother.
Omar was found earlier thismonth to have violated Minnesota campaign finance laws by using campaign funds to pay for out-of-state travel not related to her state legislative duties, and for legal expenses related to her personal tax returns. She was ordered to reimburse her campaign and pay a civil penalty of $500 to the state.
The state probe also found that in 2014 and 2015, Omar filed joint tax returns with Ahmed Hirsi, who is her current husband and the father of her children. The problem is that she was legally married to another man, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, at the time. Critics have alleged for years that Elmi was her brother, a claim that Omar has denied.
The Star Tribune report reported:
New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws.
Omar has denied the allegations in the past, dismissing them as “baseless rumors” first raised in an online Somali politics forum and championed by conservative bloggers during her 2016 campaign for the Minnesota House. But she said little then or since about Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, the former husband who swept into her life in 2009 before a 2011 separation.
The questions surfaced again this month in a state probe of campaign finance violations showing that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to but separated from Elmi.
Since the recent findings of the campaign finance board that discovered Omar had improperly used campaign money to pay a lawyer to fix her tax filings, the Star Tribune searched public records — including available databases, the marriage and divorce filing, business licenses, university records and other documents — and could find little publicly available information about Elmi. The search of records could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that he is Omar’s sibling.
Read the full Star Tribune article here.
Meanwhile, as reported by CBS Local, lawmakers in Minnesota are calling for a full-fledged ethics investigation into Omar:
Omar has found herself in controversy over her personal life as well as state campaign finance violations. She has admitted to the campaign finance violations and has agreed to pay back over $3,000.
The investigation also revealed she had filed joint tax returns with her partner and father of her children when she was still legally married to another man.
Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa), a persistent critic of Omar, held a press conference Tuesday alleging that she may have committed various forms of fraud as well as perjury. At the press conference, Drazkowski asked for Omar’s colleague, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig (D-2nd District), to call for an ethics investigation in Congress.
Drazkowski says he is asking Craig because she is his Congresswoman. Craig is not on the Ethics Committee; she is on the Agriculture, Transportation and Small Business committees.
WCCO’s Esme Murphy reached out to Congresswoman Craig’s office. They said they had no advance warning of this and are looking it over, at the moment.
Drazkowski alleges that Omar has repeatedly violated state and federal laws, and that’s why he wants the ethics probe. While the Campaign Finance Board did find Omar violated campaign finance laws, they did not refer that case for any criminal charges. In 2016, then U.S. Attorney Andy Luger denied that Omar was under any kind of federal investigation.
Omar has had a busy few days. She was at Sunday’s Twin Cities Pride Parade, and held a news conference with Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday announcing a bill to forgive all student debt.