Judicial Watch yesterday filed an ethical complaint with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives asking for a full investigation into possible crimes related to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and her alleged marriage to her biological brother.
The conservative Judicial Watch calls for an investigation into the possible crimes of “perjury, immigration fraud, marital fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud,” committed by the Democratic representative, according to the organization in a statement signed by its president, Tom Fitton.
“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,” Tom Fitton said, according to the same statement.
According to Judicial Watch, these crimes would have violated the code of ethics of government service to which all federal officials are subject.
Investigative journalist David Steinberg collected evidence of these possible crimes over three years in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Public records, social networking publications, genealogy databases, computer forensic analysis, unaltered digital photographs, and information provided by confidential sources within the Somali American community were tracked.
All this research has revealed that Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, a U.S. citizen, married her biological brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a U.K. citizen, in 2009, probably as part of an immigration fraud scheme, the statement said.
The couple divorced in Minnesota in 2017 using a modality granted to one spouse when the other has disappeared and cannot be located.
According to Omar, she totally lost contact with her husband in June 2011. She swore that she did not know the name of a single member of her husband’s family and that they did not have any friends or acquaintances in common who might know how to locate him, according to documents filed with the Minnesota District Court.
However, a photo posted on her social networking profile confirms that the couple did stay in touch and even posed together for a photo in 2015 during Omar’s trip to London.
“The evidence developed by Mr. Steinberg and his colleagues demonstrates with a high degree of certainty that Ms. Omar not only had contact with Mr. Elmi, but actually met up with him in London in 2015, which is supported by photographic evidence,” explains the complaint filed by Judicial Watch.
The investigators believe that Omar would have married her own brother to facilitate their emigration to the United States and obtaining loans to study at the University of North Dakota, where they both attended.
During that time, however, Omar lived with and had children with another man, Ahmed Hirsi, with whom she even filed a joint tax return, which is illegal if the two people are not married.
Under federal law, lying on an affidavit constitutes perjury, which can carry penalties of up to three years in prison and fines of up to $100,000 under Minnesota law.
According to Judicial Watch, journalists led by Steinberg “have demonstrated with a high degree of probability that Rep. Ilhan Omar has violated House Ethics Rules, federal and state laws.”
“We call upon the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch an investigation into Rep. Omar’s conduct immediately,” concludes the paper filed with the U.S. Congressional Ethics Office.
According to the Daily Caller, when questioned about these accusations, “she’s unwilling to address any of these questions,” Kevin Diaz, the editor of the Star Tribune newspaper, told PolitiFact.
“There was an undisputed instance of her filing her taxes improperly. And if you’re in Congress, you should explain that to your constituents,” Diaz said.