By Andrew S | July 19, 2019
Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar is now stonewalling her hometown newspaper as reporters for the publication continue to try to get to the bottom of claims that she married her own brother to skirt immigration laws, according to it’s editor.
Yahoo News reported that Minnesota Star-Tribune editor Kevin Diaz said that Omar is making it as difficult as possible for journalists to figure out the truth about claims that she was married to her own brother at one time. This comes after Minnesota campaign finance officials said that Omar and her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, filed joint tax returns while she was still married to her prior husband, Ahmed Elmi.
“Our public records searches determined that in at least one period after she married Elmi, all three (Omar, Elmi and Hirsi) used the same address in Minnesota,” Diaz said. “It raises questions about the nature of the relationship if she is living with both the person she’s married to and her eventual husband.”
“What’s really made it hard is that she’s been unwilling to address any of these questions. That has fueled the controversy,” he continued. “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 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.”
Diaz went on to say that his reporters have tried to speak to Omar’s family members in an attempt to allow them to clear this up, but none of them will talk.
“We’ve asked her these questions, and also asked her to make her father available,” he said. “We’ve tried to reach Elmi. We’ve tried to reach her sisters. Her family could put this (the question of Elmi’s relationship to Omar) to rest easily. No one will talk to us. I wish we could send a reporter to Mogadishu (Somalia) but we don’t have the bandwidth.”
This comes after President Donald Trump addressed these rumors while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
“There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it,” the president said. “I don’t know, but I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.”
This is just one of the many scandals affecting Omar right now, as she remains one of the most controversial figures in Congress.
This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.
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