Watchdog group files formal complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar

Legal troubles may be on the way for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Judicial Watch has filed a formal complaint with the House of Representatives’ Office of Congressional Ethics, according to the Daily Wire, accusing¬†the congresswoman of marriage, student loan, tax, and immigration fraud.

Why now?

According to the complaint, which was written by the watchdog group’s president, Tom Fitton, the filing was the result of a three-year-long investigation carried out both in the United States and the United Kingdom by David Steinberg, Preya Samsundar, and Scott Johnson.

The charges, Fitton writes, are “supported by information gathered from public records, social media postings, genealogy databases, computer forensic analysis, unaltered digital photographs, discussions between the investigative reporters and the subjects of the investigation themselves, and information supplied by confidential sources within the Somali-American community.”

As a result, Fitton says that “substantial, compelling and, to date, unrefuted evidence has been uncovered that Rep. Ilhan Omar may have committed the following crimes in violation of both federal law and Minnesota state law: perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud.”

What did she do?

The allegations revolve around Omar’s brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.

The complaint alleges that Omar married Elmi “in order to assist his emigration to the United States from the United Kingdom.” This, writes Fitton, likely helped Elmi to obtain the student loans that he used to attend North Dakota State University.

The complaint also brings up two issues that have already received a lot of attention in the press.

One is that Omar “violated state campaign finance laws for improper use of campaign funds.” The other is that she filed a “joint” tax return, in both 2014 and 2015, “with a man who was not her husband, named Ahmed Hirsi, while she was actually married to Ahmed Elmi.”

What now?

In the complaint, Fitton asked the House committee to “urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing,” adding that they have an obligation to do so. But whether they will is entirely in their hands.

The committee has not publicly responded to the complaint.

For her part, Omar has denied any wrongdoing.

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