With boldly anti-Semitic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar making news this week –- along with the conflicted Democrats in Congress who ultimately found it impossible to condemn her anti-Semitism –- I thought it might be good to do a little research and find out more about her.

Going back to October of 2018, shortly before the election that took her to Congress as one of the first two Muslim women ever elected, we find that even then, several questions had followed her about her campaign finances, truthfulness under oath, and even her marriages, with allegations of bigamy and even that she was legally married to her brother for a short time for the purpose of committing immigration fraud. These are issues that first arose in 2016, when she was running for her seat in the Minnesota state legislature.


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Before we take a look at these allegations, I do want to mention that her reaction at the time was to call conservatives racists and to play the “Muslim” card, both of which are really getting tiresome. She issued a statement that read in part, “We recognize how these folks are deeply invested in stopping a progressive, Black, Muslim, hijab-wearing immigrant woman. We know these people are part of systems that have historically been disturbingly motivated to silence, discredit and dehumanize influencers who threaten the establishment.” Well, thanks so much Ms. Omar, for attempting to silence, discredit and dehumanize (“part of systems”?) your critics, while failing to address the legitimate questions they have about your background.

 

Omar wouldn’t offer specifics or provide any documentation to support her denials, saying in a statement, “We choose not to further the narrative of those who oppose us.” Hmm...does that mean her explanations and documentation WOULD “further the narrative”?

 

To be clear, I am not accusing this new member of Congress of immigration fraud, bigamy or campaign finance violations. I am saying that there’s an enduring mystery and a disturbing lack of transparency here, especially about the identification of her second husband, who may or may not be her brother. I’ll tell you what we know.

 

It was a Republican state representative, Steve Drazkowski, who accused her of misusing campaign funds for personal travel. (One of her trips was to the far-flung nation of Estonia, where it’s kind of doubtful that she would be campaigning.) Omar played the “Muslim” card then, too, saying of Drazkowski that “it should be concerning to his constituents that he is using taxpayer dollars to harass a Muslim candidate.”

 

We get it. She’s Muslim. Don’t ask the questions you would normally ask of any other candidate.

 

She did present a timeline for her marriages, and marriage and divorce records are in the public record. What appears to be bigamy may, technically, not be, as much of the time she was apparently “married,” it was according to her faith but not according to state law. Long story short, she was “married” to one man, then another, then the first man again; the “overlap” may have been during periods she was not married according to the law (or to her faith; pick one). It really does get complicated when you’re using two systems of law, which is one reason why we shouldn't do that.


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It’s the in-between man whose identity is unclear. The name on the marriage certificate is “Ahmed Nur Said Elmi,” a man she claims was a British citizen. If this man was legally married to her and she was already a naturalized U.S. citizen, it would have helped him get a green card in America. Marriage fraud, a federal crime, is punishable by up to five years in prison.

 

So, we ought to be able to clear this up right away, just by filing a Freedom Of Information Act request for Omar’s immigration records, right? Wrong! When this was tried, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services refused to provide the information, saying that records of individuals couldn’t be released without written permission from those people. To date, she has not granted this authorization, and I think I speak for all of us when I ask, WHY IN BLAZES NOT? Also, according to her campaign, she can’t produce her birth certificate or those of family members (such as her brother) because “the infrastructure collapsed” during the Somali civil war, which was going on when she emigrated from that country at age 8. She has opted not even to provide a list of her siblings’ names.

 

Omar did deny in 2016 that this second husband was her brother. “Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive,” she said in a statement. The AP tried to locate and speak with Elmi, but their efforts were (surprise) unsuccessful.

 

Her immigration status could have been looked into at that time, considering that she was running for office and all, but then-U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, an Obama appointee, wrote to Omar’s attorney that his office wasn’t conducting an investigation and hadn’t requested one. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought they didn’t normally confirm or deny ongoing investigations.

 

In 2017, Omar said in sworn divorce papers that she hadn’t had contact with Elmi (husband #2) since June of 2011, and that she thought he was in London but couldn’t reach him. But conservative bloggers turned up a picture of her with a man also named Ahmed Elmi at an event held years later. If that’s the same man, it would mean she perjured herself about the whereabouts of husband #2 (illegal whether he really is her brother or not).

 

The man in the picture was located, but he denied he knew Ilhan Omar and said he had not been married. When the AP tried to reach him by phone, social media and email, he did not respond. But when you compare the backgrounds of Omar and this “stranger” in the photo, you find some amazing coincidences: they both attended North Dakota State University during an overlapping period, they both majored in art, and it can be established that this “Elmi” and the “Elmi” known to be Omar’s husband were both in Minneapolis at the same time.

 

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-house-hopeful-calls-marriage-fraud-claims-lies/497850251/

 

To be sure, Rep. Omar has been through some tough experiences in her life and has come a long way to achieve what she has. When she was just a child, her family fled Somalia during a vicious civil war. They spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp with tens of thousands of other displaced people. When she was 12, the family was sponsored to move to the United States, and they eventually settled in Minnesota in 1997. She has said her grandfather inspired her interest in politics. To be fair, she’s been subjected to anti-Muslim prejudice, which was pretty widespread post-9/11.

 

But that does not excuse her own obvious prejudice against Jews and Israel, especially as she is now a member of Congress. She also has a responsibility to be honest about her motives, her finances, and her naturalization process.


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This is what she said when she was first running for office in 2016 and facing the various challenges to her honesty and good faith: “I remain honored to be a part of a campaign that is uniting the diverse voices of our district --- long term residents, East African immigrants and students.” I find this interesting because many Jews contribute to the diversity in her district as well. Does she speak for them, too?

 

https://cis.org/North/SomaliaBorn-Candidate-Congress-Accused-ImmigrationMarriage-Fraud

 

Jim Geraghty at NATIONAL REVIEW offers a nicely detailed account, including some of the tweets that have already distinguished the fledgling congresswoman. Congress has shown itself unable to deal with the obvious, but we know what to call it.

 

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/ilhan-omars-greatest-hits/

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  • Deborah Fischer

    03/19/2019 10:18 AM

    I struggle with the angry, activists that use their diversity to hurt others. There are plenty of kind, gentle diverse people that I'd like to have a relationship with regardless of their faith, skin color, nationality, sexual preference. But the activists with the media's help has indoctrinated people to believe their lies limiting the ability to meet and build relationships with others. As a Christian I want to meet, build a relationship and provide space for individuals to grow and share in hopes that I may share Christ. I've always had diverse friends, but now I'm considered to be the enemy if I don't share their views. Before we could be different and be friends. I'm worried that this won't change back. Hebrews 12: 15 and Isaiah 5:20. Any suggestions?

  • Teresa Kelley

    03/13/2019 03:19 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, thank you so much for being a lifeline for Christians and conservatives during this unique time in our history. As a Christian, I know we need to pray. But do you have other advice regarding how we should be involved in creating change? There is such a need for immediate action. Everything from the abortion issue to voting corruption is growing with each day. I would like to know I’m doing all I can do to be a part of the solution. Thank you, again, and God bless!

  • Michael Galloway

    03/12/2019 09:55 PM

    Rep. Omar knows exactly what she is doing- working against America, just like Obama. Omar, Obama, the Democrat party are all looking ahead to a much bigger agenda and that is continuing Obama's agenda to "fundamentally transforming America". When are the Republican going to wake up and start fighting and resisting these agendas from those like Omar, ACO and just about every Democrat. Take a look at the agenda through the Democrats "Election Reform Bill" H.R. 1- again only one more example of the Democrats and too many others wanting and supporting the socialist agenda, the open border agenda and on and on. Wake up Republicans and wake up America in this election and never, never again vote for a Democrat in any election and any level !!!!!!! See what they have done since they took control of the House and never forget. See what the Democrats did for eight years with Obama and never forget. Wake up before it is too late for our nation and Republic.

  • Eddye Jackson

    03/12/2019 01:54 PM

    Obviously Omar’s records have been sealed like Obama’s. Minisota has plenty of Muslims thanks to Obama! Omar has been chosen to infiltrate our government just like Obama did. Wake up people!

  • Dolores

    03/12/2019 07:40 AM

    I am puzzled at how Ms.Omar won an election. She is as mean as a snake. How did she fool so many people? However, I hear she has a new admirer: David Duke thinks she’s great. Birds of a feather flock together.
    As for Ms. AOC, she is obviously spewing out the words of her college professors. Garbage in, garbage out.

  • Harry Eich

    03/11/2019 03:22 PM

    Let's face it. It does not matter what Omar says or does. The high concentration of Muslims in her district voted for her and it will not matter whether she broke any laws or not. We will have to convict her and make her ineligible to run again to stop her. She will never agree to resign no matter how obvious her anti-Semitism is because Democrats won't allow it. She would refuse anyway. Even then, they will just field another candidate a little more shrewd that will continue their anti-Semetic policies. The same is true of Talib from Michigan except she is a little more shrewd. I can see AOC losing her job after her socialist comments that cost NY millions of dollars and thousands of jobs, but only if Republicans are smart enough to replay that information to the voters when the time comes for re-election. (I will not hold my breath as I am convinced Republicans are not smart enough to poor rain out of a boot.)

  • Dawn Street

    03/11/2019 12:32 PM

    "We get it. She’s Muslim. Don’t ask the questions you would normally ask of any other candidate."

    This speaks volumes and gives us good reason not to allow her or anyone else to enter the halls of government. And she should not be allowed to serve on ANY congressional committee that gives her access to issues of security.

  • James Evart

    03/11/2019 10:39 AM

    Do you think that this OMAR woman has not struck a nerve? Look at the number of comments that this one subject has generated and then read them! This foreign extremest agitator whose illegal doings and fraud should not be within miles of a responsible rule making body let alone sit on any boards and then even one that puts our national security in question because of her access to highly sensitive and confidential intelligence because of her obvious stated extremist views as an enemy of the state. What on earth is this country coming to?
    By the way, Social Security numbers are never assigned twice. They are only good for ONE assignment and never used again. How is it that Obama's social security number once belonged to a man from Connecticut who dies in Hawaii around the time Obama received his SS#? From what I have heard, he had a relative/friend in Hawaii who helped him with this SS acquisition. From what I understand, both he and his wife are disbarred attorneys. How can this country be so corrupt, unwise and inept?

  • Nadine Mortensen

    03/11/2019 12:44 AM

    It rarely happens, but I am speechless at all the numbers of reasons this Omar woman should be in a federal prison. But I guess instead, it seemed better to let her be a United States Representative!!!! Gov.Huckabee, this is horrible! I did read today elsewhere that President Obama had 70,000 Somalian (Muslim, of course) refugees resettled into a cozy corner of Minnesota, which made it fairly simple to get Ms.Omar elected to our U.S. House of Representatives!!! Sir, PLEASE answer me this: WHAT HAVE WE REPUBLICANS BEEN DOING to sit back and allow these things to happen in our wonderful nation?? How have we let these 3 Socialist leaders and lawbreakers into one of the highest positions in our government??? Why are we allowing this kind of thing? And all that cash that our last president flew to Iran so they could build nuclear weapons to be used against us?? Is it because we are fearful of the left? Or because many of us are Born-again Christians that we want to play nice and allow everyone to walk all over us? Jesus never allowed that!!! (Not until near the end of his life when he gave Himself up willingly. But that's a different story.) WHY are we allowing these things to happen....these 3 women, Bernie Sanders and others are just continuing to further Barack Obama's agenda to "fundamentally transform " America!! I'm thankful I don't have blood pressure problems because this mess would surely raise it if so! Thank you, Governor, and PLEASE thank your wonderful daughter, Sarah, for all you are both doing for God and Country! May you both and all your families be protected!! God Bless you all!

  • Dottee Martin

    03/10/2019 11:14 PM

    Mike Huckabee...one simple question...how on earth did she get elected...or did she???? Possibilities of this being yet another rigged election...hmmm!
    Buckle up America, we're in for rough ride.

  • Kristina Muinos

    03/10/2019 10:27 PM

    Governor frankly this makes me so angry! Why are these allegations of her being repressed & not looked into? The whole deal is very scary, our democracy, our Country is at stake. Thank you sir, God Bless you

  • Kristina Muinos

    03/10/2019 10:26 PM

    Governor frankly this makes me so angry! Why are these allegations of her being repressed & not looked into? The whole deal is very scary, our democracy, our Country is at stake. Thank you sir, God Bless you

  • Sheena Messinger

    03/10/2019 08:50 PM

    I don't understand why we are putting Muslims in political positions to begin with. Did we not learn anything from the hope and change Muslim President?
    These people want to destroy our country so we just open our government to them? When you call them on their actions the first thing you hear is racism. I'm so disappointed In my spineless go ernnent. The only one fighting back is trump and he's being hated on by his own party. Shameful!

  • Kathy L. Brock

    03/10/2019 07:54 PM

    It sounds implausible that questions about who Congressman Omar's husband's were, her husband's green card status, her divorce paperwork, etc., has not been resolved. It reminds me of how ex-president Obama got away without showing us his real birth certificate.

  • Judith Aronson

    03/10/2019 07:47 PM

    I read them. Love Huckabee

  • Bill timmons

    03/10/2019 06:38 PM

    When was Omar naturalized? Under she can't run for president. Trump has to have her investigated.

  • Carolyn Brunsdon

    03/09/2019 08:49 PM

    I am truly well disgusted with the way we "other" citizens have to zip our lip, sit on our hands, give over our God and constitutional given rights to ANYONE but like minded American citizens.
    Can anyone say "Velvet Revolution?"

  • David McCarty

    03/09/2019 06:10 PM

    Sir,
    This is what happens when you allow an individual who is not a natural born citizen of the United States of America. Especially when that individual is of a religious ideology that is one of conquest and not able to assimilate nor has a desire to conform to the culture of the nation!
    Our livery and freedom will eventually destroy us from within due to idiocy like this. Just like Obama she is shrouded in secrecy and lies.
    The democrat party has morphed into an anti American anti moral anti Christian party. If they are allowed to continue and to force their agenda upon us the Republic will come to an untimely end! Their immoral ungodly agendas will destroy this nation.
    David McCarty

  • Carole Hart

    03/09/2019 03:15 PM

    Ilhan Omar, freshman Congresswoman, is serving on 3 congressional Committees. Since she served as a Minnesota State Rep. for less than one year, the fact that she is on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs is startling. That, coupled with the facts of her racist statements, make it truly alarming. Though she claims anew with each comeuppance that she is sorry for her hateful remarks and did not understand what she was saying, that seems disingenuous. Last year in Minnesota, she was taken aside and given a "talking to" about her hateful remarks by concerned Jews in the Minneapolis area, according to journalist Dave Orrick: https://www.twincities.com/2019/02/12/mn-jewish-leaders-talked-with-ilhan-omar-about-anti-semitism-last-year-why-they-remain-frustrated/
    She doesn't seem to learn from her mistakes.
    She does not have the experience or judgement to serve on any House Committees. Her obvious allegiances to sworn enemies of our country makes her position on the Foreign Affairs Committee a threat to National Security, particularly if she is privy to classified information. This is madness. She is not fit to serve.

  • Ellen Klapperich

    03/09/2019 02:37 PM

    Sems we are threatened on all fronts these days! My honest opinion is, if people aren't happy with America as she is they can get the heck out. We don't want or need them.

  • Joyce Nelson

    03/09/2019 12:50 PM

    So tired of Republicans not having backbone. If we'd needed to depend on them in any war since 1776 America would not even exist! If it takes being called every bigotted name there is to save our country then so be it. God knows who you are.

  • Dara Johnson

    03/09/2019 12:26 PM

    Read the article on FOX News, written by Hollie McKay, published on February 16, 2019, "How Minneapolis' Somali community became the terrorist recruitment capital of the US." Ilhan Omar represents this district. And she's on the Foreign Affairs Committee. SCARY.

  • Rebecca Overton

    03/09/2019 11:17 AM

    I wrote a comment some days ago, regarding this very issue, which was 100% accurate. Had you read it then you'd know exactly what Omar and her evil ilk are doing. Americans refusing to pay attention will cause their own demise by these Muslims. This country must stop the PC dance and learn. Please, Mike, acknowledge this!

  • Judy Martorana

    03/09/2019 08:59 AM

    Wth! Why is this insanity allowed to continue. I don’t understand how all these ppl keep getting away with this stuff! Just call someone a racist or some other name to deflect what you are doing, and you are off the hook??? I don’t get it!

  • Danny Powers

    03/09/2019 08:26 AM

    I'm still trying to figure out why the great state that she was elected from would elect a "Muslim" to be in this position. Our nation is in a mess and hopefully we can get turned around soon. We need this nation to turn back to God (one true God) now more than ever...God bless America and our leaders..We pray for our leaders (even those we don't agree with)..Thanks for your updates Mike...