Representative Ilhan Omar is in the news again, this time information has surfaced that she filed joint tax returns with a man she was not married to — while being married to another man (possibly her brother).
This is illegal under both federal and state law in addition to the campaign finance violations Omar already faces. Unless she decides to talk about it, there is little the public will be able to find out because tax information is protected by privacy laws. She isn’t talking.
Unfortunately, it isn’t likely that criminal charges will come out of this, but it does have potential to seriously derail her political career. According to a tax expert, as long as she corrects the issue, most likely paying back taxes, nothing will happen to her.
“If the IRS discovers the error, they send the resulting tax bill to the taxpayers. If the taxpayers discover the error … amend their returns and pay the tax, there is typically no further consequence.”
In addition to the campaign finance rules she violated she will also have to pay a $500 fine to the state Minnesota.
It’s also difficult to determine weather she did this for personal or political gain. In some cases, filing jointly leads to lower taxes while in others the taxes are higher. The one thing Omar is consistent on is keeping her tax returns private, despite her calls for President Trump to release his returns.
The plot thickens even more when you consider that even left-leaning Snopes isn’t able to debunk the accusations that one of her husbands is also her brother. Not only that, If Minnesota recognized common law marriage, she would be considered a polygamist.
Fortunately for Omar, she was married under Sharia law.
Rumors started circulating in 2016 that Omar married her brother to help him get approval as a U.S. citizen. Snopes dug into it and determined that got started when someone anonymously posted the allegations on a Somali oriented discussion forum, SomaliSpot.
While the post was never confirmed, it was never debunked either. According to Snopes, allegedly, “Omar married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009.”
She applied for a marriage license in 2002 to marry Ahmed Hirsi, “but the couple never completed the application process for a civil marriage. Instead, Omar maintained, she and Hirsi were married in their Muslim ‘faith tradition.'” They separated in 2008 but were never divorced.
“In 2009, Omar engaged in a civil marriage with Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.” She filed for divorce from Elmi in 2017, about the same time she got back together with Hirsi.
She then officially married Hirsi in 2018.
Can you imagine if this was happening to President Trump, or any other Republican? There would be massive public outcry for a public release of documents, and for the accused to step down from public office. Instead the media is doing its level best to sweep this whole incident under the rug.