Ilhan Omar’s Crisis Team Caught Red-Handed Trying to Shut Coverage Down

Ashley (Kimber)

The Minnesota Star Tribune published an editorial on Ilhan Omar’s inconvenient little tax problem:

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is back in the news again, and not in a good way. The former state representative who won a seat in Congress last fall continues to be dogged by past missteps, this time eight violations of Minnesota campaign-finance law that will cost her nearly $3,500 in reimbursements and civil penalties.

But we knew all of that.

It gets WAY worse.

In an October 2018 editorial, we called on Omar to more fully explain her travel and other expenses. We noted that the allegations “suggest a pattern of carelessness and/or self-dealing with legally restricted funds. Neither conclusion inspires the confidence voters deserve to have in someone they send to the U.S. House to represent them.”

It is even more disturbing, therefore, to learn that among the board’s latest findings was a troubling discovery that is far beyond its jurisdiction, but worthy of greater scrutiny nevertheless. Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to. Complicating matters further, she was legally married to another man at the time.

It’s against the law in Minnesota to file jointly unless one filer is legally married to the other. Last year Omar told the Star Tribune that she had married her partner “in her faith,” and had earlier divorced her first husband “in her faith.” That’s fine for religious purposes. But for tax purposes, only civil marriages qualify. It’s not known whether she benefited materially by filing jointly. That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know.

She’s pulling this “in her faith” crap because she knows that as soon as she does, any criticism against her illegal actions will be chalked up as “Islamophobia.” A freaking CONGRESSWOMAN should understand that in no way does a religious ceremony constitute a legal marriage for tax purposes.

So either she’s a complete idiot that has no place in Congress, or she’s a corrupt criminal that has no place in Congress.

My take is it’s a whole lot of both.

Omar is no stranger to controversy. As a new state House member, she collected $2,500 in speaking fees — $2,000 from Normandale Community College and $500 from Inver Hills Community College — for appearances made shortly after she took office. Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, who publicly noted that state law prohibits legislators from collecting such fees from groups that have business before the Legislature, made that public, and Omar returned the money. Drazkowski also filed the latest complaint. “It’s very clear there are huge ethical problems with Rep. Omar,” he told an editorial writer, adding that the House should consider an ethics investigation.

So of course this is bad enough alone…

Then we get into how her team handled it:

This is a very, very big deal, folks.

And I have no doubt she’ll entirely get away with it.

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