It’s been a whispered (and understandably uncomfortable) rumor since 2016—one that even far-left media outlets are now wondering aloud could be shockingly true that involves a Democrat member of Congress and claims of an illegal marriage and multi-year tax fraud—something Democrats very much don’t want to see becoming a national scandal as the 2020 election cycle begins to ramp up…
(Above: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is said to have warned fellow Democrats that the “Omar thing” could become a serious problem in the coming weeks.)
Via The Free Beacon:
Media outlets scrambled to prove false the accusation that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) married her brother after President Donald Trump mentioned it, but none have been able to definitively reach an answer, largely due to Omar’s unwillingness to provide information.
…”My interest as an editor began with the silence she has maintained about her improper tax filings,” said editor Kevin Diaz. “She would say only that she had corrected the 2014 and 2015 tax filings and would not divulge anything about why she had filed taxes with a man she was not married to when she was separated but still married to someone else.”
After reviewing the dearth of evidence collected by those suggesting that Elmi was Omar’s brother, Diaz assigned two reporters to come to a conclusion.
“We felt as journalists, if there was smoke, it’s our job to look behind it to see if there’s fire,” Diaz said.
The paper’s biggest impediment to finding the truth was Omar, Diaz added.
…Diaz currently says there is “circumstantial evidence that begs for some kind of explanation from a member of Congress,” but his team is unable to reach a conclusion either way without more information from Omar. The Free Beacon has also been unable to come to a conclusion.
There is substantial evidence that her marriage to Elmi wasn’t legitimate. Official records show, for example, that Omar continued to live with her current husband while she was married to Elmi, who is now living in the United Kingdom.
There is also a significant amount of evidence, in the form of official documents and scrubbed social media posts, suggesting there’s a lot more to the story.
The Times wrote on Thursday that “no proof has emerged” to substantiate claims regarding Omar’s marriage. It also did not speak to Omar, though it’s unclear whether it requested any information or comment from her for its fact-check.
Omar has consistently been unwilling to answer questions since the allegation first surfaced. Her team’s first on-the-record statement regarding whether she was married to her brother, to a PowerLine reporter in August 2016, was a refusal to answer questions.
…Her office’s only recent comment on the marriage issue has been an attempt to dissuade “legitimate media outlets” from investigating it.
“Whether by colluding with right-wing outlets to go after Muslim elected officials or hounding family members, legitimate media outlets have a responsibility not to fan the flames of hate,” her office said. “Continuing to do so is not only demeaning to Ilhan, but to her entire family.”
Those questions aren’t going away but are now growing both in volume and number. Congresswoman Omar would do well to provide some semblance of context or the scrutiny of her past will no doubt intensify. Simply ignoring the issue or dismissing it as a race-motivated conspiracy will no longer cut it.
At the very least the voters of her own district deserve answers even as Democrat Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi fear what those answers might reveal.
“QUITE POSSIBLY THE SINGLE BEST BOOK I’VE READ THAT CAPTURES THE ANGER AND FRUSTRATION OF THE FORGOTTEN AMERICAN WHO FEELS PUSHED DOWN AND NEGLECTED BY A POLITICALLY-CORRECT WORLD GONE MAD. IT’S A STORY THAT IS AS SHOCKING AS IT IS BEAUTIFUL. IT STARTS OUT ONE WAY AND ENDS UP IN A PLACE I DIDN’T SEE COMING THAT HAD ME NODDING MY HEAD AND SAYING, “RIGHT ON!”
I STAND WITH MR. DIAZ BECAUSE I AM MR. DIAZ. WE ALL ARE. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF STORIES AMERICA-LOVING READERS MUST SUPPORT TO HELP FIGHT BACK AGAINST ALL THE CRAZINESS THAT’S TEARING OUR COUNTRY APART.
MR. DIAZ’S REVENGE IS TRULY A MUST-READ.” -John K. Simms