A Democrat leaning newspaper in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota has found new evidence that the representative committed immigration fraud.
The rumors have been rampant since she got into elected office that she married her brother in order to circumvent immigration laws.
And now The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, who endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, says it has found new information that show the rumors could be true.
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.
Sent a list of questions and a request to talk to her siblings and father, Omar declined to do so. Hirsi did not reply to multiple calls, texts and e-mails. Social media posts indicate Elmi is in Africa. He did not respond to multiple e-mails.
Omar’s reticence is consistent with near total silence she has maintained for three years amid questions raised through public records picked over by conservative opinion journalists intent on proving that she committed immigration fraud. Those attacks, she once tweeted, are the provenance of “fake journalists on bigoted blogs.”
Omar spokesman Jeremy Slevin issued a statement Friday asserting that the questions about her personal life are illegitimate:
“Since before she was elected to office, Ilhan has been the subject of conspiracy theories and false accusations about her personal life.
“Emboldened by a president who openly treats immigrants, refugees and Muslims as invaders, these attacks often stem from the presumption that Ilhan — like others who share those identities — is somehow illegitimate or not fully American,” he said.
Yeah that is the ticket. Shift the focus to President Donald Trump to get around questions that your client married her own brother to commit a crime.
“Ilhan has shared more than most public officials ever do about the details of her personal life — even when it is personally painful,” he said.
“Whether by colluding with right-wing outlets to go after Muslim elected officials or hounding family members, legitimate media outlets have a responsibility not to fan the flames of hate.
“Continuing to do so is not only demeaning to Ilhan, but to her entire family,” he said in a statement to The Star-Tribune.
That sounds nice, but it is kind of tough to accuse a Democrat leaning newspaper of colluding with right wing groups.