The nonpartisan education foundation, Judicial Watch, filed a lawsuit in the House for violations of the law and code of ethics, calling for an investigation into possible crimes associated with the allegations that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) married her biological brother.

According to Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch that defends government transparency and integrity, Omar married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 as part of a possible immigration fraud scheme.

“The evidence is overwhelming. Omar may have violated the law and House rules. The House of Representatives must urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Omar,” said Judicial Watch’s president. 

The controversy began in 2002 when Omar married Ahmed Hirsi in an unofficial Muslim ceremony. As a result of this relationship, she had two children. 

A few years later, in 2009, she decided to officially marry another man, her alleged brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, to help him emigrate from the United Kingdom, Fitton said.

While legally married to her alleged relative—from whom she divorced in 2017—she had a third child with her first husband, with whom she also filed joint taxes in 2014 and 2015.

Three years of research

The allegation, according to Fitton, is documented and supported by evidence gathered from public records, social network publications, genealogy databases, forensic analysis, photographs, and information provided by sources in the Somali-American community.

The complaint, already in the hands of President of the Congressional Ethics Office of the United States House of Representatives David Skaggs, also points out that Omar may have committed perjury, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud.

“The facts describe perhaps the largest wave of illegal misconduct committed by a member of the House in U.S. history,” said David Steinberg, the reporter who led the investigation on which he based his Judicial Watch complaint.

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