A typically left-leaning main stream media source finally got around to taking a look at the serious allegations that Ilhan Omar has been sidestepping for years.
Managing to stay one step ahead of criminal charges, Omar has paid fines and penalties for numerous civil violations. All without saying anything that explains the basis for the accusations.
The Star Tribune, Minnesota’s leading news outlet, is a “legitimate” enough source to get around all those pesky Google and Facebook “fact checkers” and censors. After years of simmering controversy, it seems they were shamed into actually writing a story today.
Their story begins: “New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws.”
The reporters who have been sounding the alarm bells since day one are understandably miffed.
MUST READ Ilhan Omar thread —
The @StarTribune ran a dishonest, cowardly piece of journalism tonight.
For 3 years, the paper ignored the work of reporters Preya Samsundar, Scott Johnson, and myself on @ilhanMN’s disturbing past. Ignored our emails offering new evidence. (1x)
— David Steinberg 🧔🏻 (@realDSteinberg) June 23, 2019
“Virtually everything in today’s Star Tribune story derives from the work of Preya Samsundar and David Steinberg. David Steinberg is an investigative reporter who has badly beaten the Star Tribune in the traditional work of journalism, though you would never know it from the Star Tribune story and the story hasn’t come close to catching up with the depth of Steinberg’s reporting. There is nevertheless progress of a kind here — Omar’s spokesman suggests that the Star Tribune is ‘colluding’ with us.”
Scott Johnson from Powerline has been doing an in depth series probing into Omar’s state campaign finance board paperwork in an attempt to “embarrass the Star Tribune into covering it.” Apparently, it worked.
The headline on their story reads, “New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s marriage history.”
As was previously reported, “Omar filed fraudulent tax returns in 2014 and 2015 with a man who was not her husband (Ahmed Hirsi) while she was married to another man (Ahmed Nur Said Elmi), if that marriage was legal.” Elmi is alleged to be Omar’s brother.
Omar has been keeping her mouth glued shut ever since the questions started flying. As Johnson remarks:
“Omar isn’t talking. Her family isn’t talking. They are buttoned up tighter than a Mafia clan. Omar refused to respond to the Star Tribune or to produce a single document that would answer any relevant question.”
The questions the Star Tribune finally got around to asking included, “a request to talk to her siblings and father.”
“Omar declined to do so. Hirsi did not reply to multiple calls, texts and e-mails. Social media posts indicate Elmi is in Africa. He did not respond to multiple e-mails.”
So if breaking the law by allegedly marrying her brother to allegedly break immigration laws were not ironic enough for a lawmaker, Omar went on Twitter today to stand up for Iran as a victim of President Donald Trump’s “aggression.”
“To carry out such wars, American leaders have contrived pretexts to justify American aggression. That’s what Donald Trump’s administration—and especially its national security adviser, John Bolton—is doing now with Iran.”
Must read ⬇️ https://t.co/nwLFrw2yaX
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 20, 2019
Just as in Iraq, aggressors are using illegitimate pretexts to beat the drums of war.
Just as in Iraq, our media is taking these claims at face value.
Just as in Iraq, children will die, American lives will be lost, and the world will be less safe. #NoWarWithIran
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 20, 2019