Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) repeatedly refused to answer questions from a reporter on Wednesday who asked her about a series of fraud allegations that have resurfaced this month.
Omar was presented the questions after the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, the Daily Caller News Foundation, and the Washington Examiner all ran stories over the last week highlighting allegations stemming for her marital history.
“Ilhan, if I could get a moment time, if I could get a moment of your time, could you tell me why you filed illegal tax returns in 2014 and 2015?” The Rebel’s Keean Bexte asked Omar. “Can you tell me definitively or not, is Ahmed Elmi your brother? Is he your brother?”
Omar kept her head down, did not answer, and at one point put her hand in Bexte’s face.
“Can you tell me definitively, yes or no, is he your brother and why can’t you answer that question?” Bexte continued to press. “Why did you refer to him as your child’s uncle on Instagram and why did you lie on court documents saying that you hadn’t seen him since 2011 when in fact you’d been talking to him all the time on Instagram?”
“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 Star Tribune reported on Saturday. “The questions surfaced again this month in a state probe of campaign finance violations showing that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to but separated from Elmi.”
The Washington Examiner reported on Sunday that dozens of new documents suggest that Omar “was living with her current husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, throughout her entire legal marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, contradicting the story she tells to explain her multiple marriages.”
The allegations against Omar have been reported on for the last couple of years but only recently started gaining more traction in the media.
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin noted other reporters and news organizations that have played a large role over the last couple of years looking into Omar: