President Trump just stunned the media gathered outside the White House when he responded to a question shouted by a reporter: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother.”
Wow. This is an escalation. Look, the facts are very murky and Omar denies the charges. But her local paper, the Star Tribune did a deep dive and could not “conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation.”
Look, her situation as a refugee makes it difficult to discover the truth, but there is enough smoke around this situation – what records we do have contradict parts, not all, of Omar’s story.
In any event, this story is not going away now that Trump has weighed in.
From The Gateway Pundit: President Trump spoke with reporters on Wednesday afternoon before departing the White House for his rally in North Carolina tonight.
The president was asked about his recent tweets against the radical Democrat freshmen “Squad.”
The president stood by his comments.
Then President Trump dropped this bomb on Rep. Ilhan Omar: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it, I hear that she was married to her brother, you’re asking me a question about it. I don’t know but I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.”
It should be noted that by American law — When a marriage fraud is discovered, not only might the immigrant face severe immigration consequences, but both members of the marrying couple may face criminal penalties… An immigrant who is found to have committed marriage fraud would likely be removed from the United States (deported).
From The Star Tribune: 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.
The questions surfaced again this month in a state probe of campaign finance violations showing that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to but separated from Elmi.
Although she has legally corrected the discrepancy, she has declined to say anything about how or why it happened.
The new documents also detail the Omar campaign’s efforts to keep the story of her marriage to Elmi out of the press, arguing that detailed coverage would legitimize the accusations and invade her privacy.
Since the recent findings of the campaign finance board that discovered Omar had improperly used campaign money to pay a lawyer to fix her tax filings, the Star Tribune searched public records — including available databases, the marriage and divorce filing, business licenses, university records and other documents — and could find little publicly available information about Elmi. The search of records could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that he is Omar’s sibling.