Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar is not having a good year.
Watchdog group Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against the Minnesota congresswoman, listing some potential crimes that could certainly be a career-killer for Omar if they are found to be true.
“Substantial, compelling and, to date, unrefuted evidence has been uncovered that Rep. Ilhan Omar may have committed the following crimes in violation of both federal law and Minnesota state law: perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud,” the letter to Office of Congressional Ethics chairman David Skaggs read.
The claims against Omar are the result of independent journalists working for three years to uncover the truth about her alleged crimes.
The theory, according to reporting cited by the letter, goes something like this:
As part of an immigration scheme, Ilhan Omar allegedly married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009. Omar later claimed in an “Application for an Order for Service by Alternate Means” she did not have any contact with Elmi after 2011 while filing for divorce in 2017.
Omar claimed to have not even known Elmi’s whereabouts.
An Instagram post from 2015 appears to burn Omar’s claims to the ground. The photo, posted on Omar’s personal account, shows the Somali-born woman posing with Elmi.
If Elmi is indeed Ilhan Omar’s brother as the ethics complaint alleges, it would land her in a mountain of legal trouble.
Beyond the immigration fraud, which is a powerful and damaging charge in itself, Elmi’s attendance at North Dakota State University would, in turn, become an area of further interest, with any federally backed student loans and benefits taken by Elmi and Omar becoming subject to the utmost scrutiny.
The letter also requests an investigation and full accounting of Ilhan Omar’s tax discrepancies.
Omar first ran into trouble with finance and tax law during an investigation by the State of Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
The board found that Omar violated multiple campaign finance laws. Due to her misuse of campaign funds, an order was handed down for her to repay the funds in question.
Seeing how Omar now has a six-figure job in Congress, it’s unlikely a few thousand dollars will impact her financially.
The board also discovered some of Ilhan Omar’s tax discrepancies during the course of its investigation. It was found that Omar filed joint tax returns with a man who was not her husband while still married to Elmi.
Her taxes were filed in this manner two years in a row.
“Mr. Steinberg, et al. have engaged in meticulous research and reporting over a period of years. They have demonstrated with a high degree of probability that Rep. Ilhan Omar has violated House Ethics Rules, federal and state laws,” the letter concluded.
“We call upon the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch an investigation into Rep. Omar’s conduct immediately.”
If the House Committee on Ethics decides to act on this letter, there’s no telling what they’ll find. Omar may be exonerated completely, or it may be discovered that she’s been pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes.
The Western Journal reached out to Omar’s office for comment but has not yet received a response.
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