2nd Report Confirms Authorities Investigating Claims Ilhan Omar Married Brother
FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement probe congresswoman
A second report has emerged that federal law enforcement officials are reviewing allegations that progressive far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar married her brother.
Earlier this month, Neon Nettle reported that Omar was under investigation by the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over allegations she took part in a "sham marriage" by marrying her biological brother.
Agents from the FBI called on the Department of Education and ICE to provide information on Omar's marital history.
Investigators with multiple federal agencies are now reportedly reviewing evidence of alleged crimes committed by the Minnesota congresswoman.
The New York Post reported that "two FBI agents held an hours-long meeting in Minnesota in mid-October with a concerned party who handed over a trove of documents regarding Omar’s 2009 marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a source with knowledge of the event said."
The report added, “the agents discussed concerns the Somali-born Democrat married Elmi, a British citizen rumored to be her brother so that he could obtain a green card and study in America, the source said.”
According to The Blaze, ICE’s involvement in the investigation pertains to “questions about [Rep. Omar’s 2009 marriage].”
The alleged crimes included “eight instances of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, up to eight years of state and federal tax fraud, two years of federal student loan fraud, and even bigamy.”
The Department of Education inspector general is also investigating Omar’s 2009 marriage to a British citizen as to whether it as “an attempt to facilitate federal student loan fraud, or other fraud involving higher education.”
In June, Neon Nettle reported Omar was hit with campaign finance violation fines after the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board found she used the funds to cover-up operation of claims she married her brother.
Omar was fined for violating state campaign finance rules, in part due to expenditures that arose from setting up a "crisis committee" to tackle allegations that she was once married to her biological brother.
Below is the timeline of Omar’s marital history, according to The Minnesota Star Tribune:
- 1982: Ilhan Omar is born in Somalia, the youngest of seven children.
- 1997: Omar, still a teenager, settles in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis after fleeing Somalia’s civil war with her family and spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.
- 2002: Omar, now 19, marries Ahmed Hirsi, 22, in their “faith tradition” in Minnesota, but they don’t legally marry.
- 2008: Omar and Hirsi, now the parents of two children, reach an “impasse in our life together” and divorce in their faith tradition.
- 2009: Omar, at 26, marries Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, 23, whom she identifies only as a “British citizen.” School records show he attended high school in St. Paul and studied art at North Dakota State University.
- 2011: Omar and Elmi end their relationship and divorce in their faith tradition, but do not legally divorce until 2017.
- 2012: Omar and Hirsi reconcile and have a third child together.
- 2014–15: Omar files joint tax returns with Hirsi, though they are not yet legally married; she remains legally married to Elmi.
- 2016: Omar, endorsed by the DFL over longtime incumbent Phyllis Kahn, is elected to the Minnesota House, becoming the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. But her campaign is rocked by allegations in a Somali news forum and the conservative Power Line blog suggesting that Elmi is her brother and they married for unspecified immigration benefits.
- 2017: Omar is granted a legal divorce from Elmi.
- 2018: Omar legally marries Hirsi and is elected to Congress.