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Ilhan Omar 'Splits from Husband' Amid Marriage to Brother Scandal

Radical Democrat moves out of family home into luxury Minnesota apartment

 on 27th July 2019 @ 3.00pm
ilhan omar has reportedly split from her current husband as questions mount about her marriage and immigration history © press
Ilhan Omar has reportedly split from her current husband as questions mount about her marriage and immigration history

Radical far-left Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has reportedly split from her current husband as allegations that she married her brother and questions about her immigration history continue to spiral.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Omar has moved out of her family home, leaving her husband and three children behind, and is now living in a luxury apartment in Minnesota.

The reported split comes just as critics continue to demand answers as to whether she married her biological brother and whether the alleged marriage was part of a successful bid to cheat American immigration laws and get him into the United States.

Omar first married her current husband Ahmed Hirsi in a religious ceremony in 2002 and later divorced in 2008.

Rep. Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 - a British citizen who has been identified as her brother, although this claim has yet to be proven 

Omar had a third child with her first husband Hirsi in 2012, while she was still legally married to Elmi - who she divorced in 2017 and legally married Hirsi in 2018.

Omar has now reportedly moved into a penthouse apartment in one of Minneapolis's trendiest neighborhoods - the Mill District sector of Minnesota's largest city.

Hirsi is also reportedly spending time at the apartment when she is out of town.

ilhan omar has reportedly moved out of her family home and into a luxury apartment in minnesota © press
Ilhan Omar has reportedly moved out of her family home and into a luxury apartment in Minnesota

"Wow," said Hirsi, when approached about the split by the Daily Mail outside the complex. "I can't comment on that.

"I'm sorry, I just can't say anything," he added before driving off in his BMW car.

Hirsi, 39, had been seen leaving the $2,860-a-month home alone at 7:45 am and returning to drop off his mother and his younger daughter nearly three hours later.

"He only goes there when Ilhan is in DC," one family friend told the Daily Mail.

"When she's in Minneapolis he sleeps at his house."

Hirsi was noticeably absent when Omar returned to a "hero's welcome" at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport last week after being blasted by President Donald Trump.

Omar told supporters at the airport she would continue to be Trump's 'worst nightmare.'

"His nightmare is seeing a Somali immigrant refugee rise to Congress," she said during a well-prepared speech at the "surprise" welcome.

"His nightmare is seeing the beautiful mosaic fabric of our country welcome someone like me as their member of Congress home to Minnesota.

"He's threatened because we are inspiring people to dream about a country that recognizes their dignity and humanity.

"We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us."

Critics have called on the House Ethics Committee to open a case against Omar, a Democrat who was elected from Minnesota's Fifth District — which covers Minneapolis and a few suburbs — in November.

Republican Minnesota State Representative Steve Drazkowski and the political watchdog group Judicial Watch have both called for the investigation.

Drazkowski said in a statement that Omar may be "the most crooked politician in Minnesota history.

"She seems to have a deep and pervasive disdain for the law which is ironic given the fact that she is a United States lawmaker," he added.

"Marrying your brother is a violation of the law in Minnesota.

"Ilhan Omar has already established a lengthy and extraordinary record of legal convictions and fines," he said, referring to a $500 fine she was levied for campaign finance violations on top of $3,500 in donations that she had to repay.

"This is a record upon which a House Ethics Committee should begin its investigation.

"But first she needs to come forward and tell us the truth.

"She won't even identify her own siblings at this stage."

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said: "The evidence is overwhelming. Rep. Omar may have violated the law and House rules.

"The House of Representatives must urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing."

Fitton said she should be investigated for perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud and federal student loan fraud.

questions are continuing to mount over allegations ilhan omar married her own brother © press
Questions are continuing to mount over allegations Ilhan Omar married her own brother

Many members of the Somali community in Minneapolis have divided views about their new representative in Washington.

"Obviously, we are proud that a Somali-American has been elected — but we just think it is the wrong Somali-American," one community leader told the Daily Mail.

Ever since her victory in November, she has been dogged by controversy, both over her political positions — especially criticism of Israel — and her complicated married life.

As one of the so-called "AOC Squad" of four offensive Democrats — along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — she has been frequently blasted by President Donald Trump.

"There's a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it," Trump told reporters earlier this month.

Omar left war-torn Somalia when she was 8.

She lived in a Kenyan refugee camp for four years before coming to the United States and settling in Minneapolis, the largest hub for Somali refugees in the country.

In 2009, Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a British citizen, just two weeks after he entered the United States.

He has been identified as her brother by many media outlets, though due to a lack of records in their war-torn country of birth that has not been proven.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote in June that it "could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that (Elmi) is Omar's sibling."

Politifact and junk fact-checker Snopes came to similar conclusions.

On their marriage application, they gave their address as Columbia Heights, Minnesota, but were married 25 miles away in Eden Prairie at a nondescript single-story brick building that houses a county office and a library.

Despite both being Muslim, the ceremony was conducted by Wilecia Harris, a Christian minister.

"If they had gone to an imam he would have almost certainly have known if they were related," one Somali leader in Minnesota said.

That marriage lasted just two years but it was enough to allow Elmi to study alongside his new wife at North Dakota State University.

Records suggest that Omar, Elmi, and Hirsi all lived together for at least part of that time.

When contacted by the Daily Mail at her home in the Minneapolis suburb of Burnsville, Minister Harris refused to open the door and said through the glass that she would not comment on the ceremony.

Beyond saying the allegation that she had married her brother was "disgusting," Omar has refused to discuss the arrangement.

Omar then had a third child with Hirsi in 2012 and in 2015 she filed a joint tax return with him — even though she was still legally married to Elmi.

She finally divorced Elmi in 2017 and married Hirsi in a civil ceremony the following year. 

Now she has moved out of the family home and into her fourth-floor apartment. The Intercom system at the building lists 'Omar I' as a resident but has no mention of Hirsi.

Omar has consistently refused to talk in detail about her marriage to Elmi or her tax filings, leading the politics editor of her hometown newspaper to attack her for her silence.

"What's really made it hard is that she's been unwilling to address any of these questions," Kevin Diaz of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune told Politifact.

"That has fueled the controversy."

Diaz added: "We quoted her at length to say that these were mere accusations, that they were unfair and that she shouldn't have to address them.

"Be that as it may, there was an undisputed instance of her filing her taxes improperly — and if you're in Congress you should explain that to your constituents."

Even her own staff have become angered by her lack of candor, The Spectator discovered an email written by Omar's campaign manager Ben Goldfarb in which he described his frustration that she would not address the issue head-on.

Goldfarb said he thought "we are probably in a position where giving real background is helpful in tying this up."

He added: "That said, having now tried to write a statement multiple times that says, 'I'm not legally married to two people but I am legally married to one and culturally married to another,' I think it's impossible without making it even more confusing.

"It just doesn't work in writing."

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