Rep. Ilhan Omar is reportedly under an FBI investigation into claims that she married her own brother.
Two agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who met with a source about the Minnesota Democrat’ s marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, will be sharing their findings with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Department of Education, according to the New York Post. The story was first reported by The Blaze in October.
Omar, whose office has not commented on the report, has previously dismissed the claims as ‘baseless, absurd rumors.” The alleged investigations have also not been confirmed by the FBI, ICE nor the US Department of Education.
Concerns were reportedly raised at the meeting with FBI agents last year that Omar married Elmi, a British citizen, so he could get a green card and study in the U.S. If the rumors that Elmi is actually the Democrat lawmaker’s brother, she could be found guilty of committing marriage fraud and face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Omar married Elmi in 2009 and the first report that they were siblings appeared on the website Somalispot in 2016. Omar was previously engaged in 2002 to Ahmed Hirsi but they never legally married and had a Muslim ceremony. They split in 2008 after having two children.
According to the New York Post:
The Somali-community source personally observed Omar, Elmi and Hirsi all living together in the same family home in Cedar-Riverside with the couple’s two children.
The trio then decamped to North Dakota where Omar began studying political science at North Dakota State University in August 2009, the source said. Elmi also studied there for a period but dropped out, records show.
Omar and Elmi split two years later in 2011 and the freshman lawmaker got back together with Hirsi and they had a third child in 2012, records show.
But Omar waited until 2017 to actually divorce Elmi and got back with Hirsi and had a third child in the meantime. She claimed she had not been able to get in touch with Elmi as he had moved to the UK
“But lease and eviction records and traffic violations reviewed by The Post suggest Elmi was in the US the whole time — living just 2.6 miles away from her at an apartment in downtown Minneapolis,” the Post reported.
Omar is banking on Democratic supporters to ignore her congressional controversies and “send her back to Congress” as she launched her re-election bid last week. She is currently looking at no serious challengers to her campaign and is taking a dig at President Trump with the slogan for her campaign which is reportedly enjoying a “massive bank account,” according to ABC News.
The 37-year-old Somali refugee, who fled to the U.S. with her family when she was young, has had a rocky tenure representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since last year, coming under fire on several occasions for her controversial remarks and anti-Israel views.
But the latest figures show Omar had raised more than $2.5 million through last year’s third quarter, and she had $1.56 million in the bank. She has fashioned her campaign slogan — “Send her back to Congress!” — as a jab at Trump and his attacks on her.
The president last year called out Omar and three other freshmen congresswomen, who came to be known as “The Squad,” saying they should “go back” to their counties. But the progressive lawmaker continued to enjoy support from the left even as she was slammed for being a frequent critic of Israel, even implying in comments that Jewish Americans are divided in their loyalties between the U.S. and Israel.
“This is one of the most progressive-liberal districts in the country and Rep. Omar is one of the most progressive-liberal members of Congress,” University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs told ABC News.
“She’s a fit for the district even if Democrats around the country are uncomfortable with her positions and her style,” he added, referring to the Minnesota district where Omar took 78 percent of the vote in 2018.
A Muslim refugee and former White House correspondent from Iraq, Dalia al-Aqidi, announced she was running against Omar as a Republican.
Muslim refugee journalist challenges Ilhan Omar’s congressional seat: ‘Time to defend America!’ https://t.co/qgHrN7aYND
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 16, 2020
“This is the beginning of what I think will be a series of nationally prominent and contested races against Rep. Omar,” Jacobs said. “I think at some point it’s going to beat her down.”
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