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Ilhan Omar’s rough week just got worse.
Before we go into details on why, let’s recap Ilhan Omar’s past week:
First, Rep. Omar was accused of having an affair with prominent Democrat strategist Tim Mynett by his soon-to-be-ex wife.
Secondly, roped into this alleged affair is another accusation of violating campaign finance law in paying Mynett for “travel expenses.”
Thirdly, the Alabama GOP has introducted a resolution to get Omar expelled from the House of Representatives.
And, now, not one, but two ethics complaints have been filed against Ilhan Omar!
The first is from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch for allegations of law violations, including immigration fraud!
The second ethics complaint is from The National Legal and Policy Center for the recent accusation of campaign finance law violations, which, if true, could result in serious federal charges for Omar.
I guess this just goes to show you can't run from the law forever.
The truth is always uncovered in the end, and in Omar's case, the fall seems to be long and hard.
Here's what Judicial Watch had to say about why they filed the complaint:
Substantial and compelling evidence has been uncovered that Rep. Omar may have committed the following crimes: perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud.
In the words of investigative reporter David Steinberg: “The facts describe perhaps the most extensive spree of illegal misconduct committed by a House member in American history.”
That is why we are calling upon the Office of Congressional Ethics to immediately launch an investigation in Rep. Omar’s conduct!
The Star Tribune gave more insights into the allegations Omar is being hit with:
A conservative group filed a complaint Wednesday alleging that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar illegally used campaign funds to pay travel expenses for the consultant whose wife has accused him of having an affair with the Minnesota Democrat.
The National Legal and Policy Center in Falls Church, Va., asserted in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that Omar’s campaign paid Tim Mynett’s E Street Group thousands of dollars for travel while he and Omar were in a relationship.
On Wednesday afternoon, Washington lawyer David Mitrani, who is representing Omar’s campaign and E Street Group, issued a statement calling charges that Omar or E Street “acted to skirt the law in any way is absolutely false, and completely unfounded.”
The complaint is “nothing more than a political ploy … and just another example of the right wing’s attempts to ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at [Omar] and her allies,” Mitrani said.
In March, the same group filed an FEC complaint against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who like Omar is a member of the “Squad” of liberal House women of color.
Questions about Omar’s relationship with Mynett became public Tuesday in a divorce petition filed in Washington by Mynett’s wife, Dr. Beth Mynett.
“Defendant’s more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments,” it said.
When asked Tuesday whether she had separated from her spouse and was dating anyone, Omar said, “No, I am not.”
The FEC complaint filed Wednesday charges Omar’s campaign with violating federal law that prohibits the use of campaign funds for travel-related personal expenses unless they are reimbursed.