It would appear as though the allegations of criminal activities against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has finally caught the attention of law enforcement.
Several outlets, including the New York Post, are now reporting that the FBI is “reviewing” the ongoing allegations surrounding Rep. Omar and the marriage to a man that some suspect is her brother.
According to the New York Post:
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.
According to the Post’s source, the agents will “share the information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Education,” but quashed rumors that an official investigation had been launched.
At the heart of the allegations against Omar is her 2009 marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. The question is whether or not Elmi is her brother or not, a subject of considerable speculation since Omar’s election to Congress in 2018.
While there is not a lot of information about Elmi available to the public, we do know that this marriage occurred right around the time both Elmi and Omar were attending college in North Dakota.
Before her marriage to Elmi, Omar had religiously married Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her children, in 2002. In 2008, the two obtained a religious divorce, then Omar legally married Elmi in 2009.
During that time, Omar received significant federal grants and loans influenced by her marital status, which is where the real problems begin for her.
There are more than a few reports that while she was legally married to Elmi, she was actually still living with Hirsi. Most suspiciously, after Omar finished school, she separated from Elmi and reconciled with Hirsi, having another child in the process.
Elmi and Omar were formally divorced in 2017, then Omar turned around and legally married Hirsi in 2018. Omar’s marriage to Hirsi came to an abrupt end in November in 2019, when the wife of political strategist Tim Mynett alleged in divorce filings that Mynett had confessed to an ongoing affair with Omar.
Major problems ahead
If the allegations are proven to be true, this will be another major legal problem for Omar. She has already been accused of campaign finance violations and is still under investigation on that front.
If Omar is found guilty of marriage fraud, she stands to serve up to five years in prison as well as a possible $250,000 fine.