Ilhan Omar

Cockburn on the curious case

Featured image Spectator USA’s pseudonymous Cockburn attends to the curious case of Ilhan Omar in the column “Ilhan Omar lawyer: two marriages hard to explain.” Reviewing the case from its inception on the Somali Spot site through its evidentiary twists and turns over the past three years, Cockburn writes with the exactitude of a historian and the dash of a humorist. Taking a look back with a gimlet eye, Cockburn writes, for »

Loose threads in the curious case

Featured image The curious case of Ilhan Omar is close to breaking open. The Star Tribune’s long Sunday page-one story — geared to the state campaign board investigation of Omar’s 2016 legislative campaign — tells us as much. Having cracked the door to the story open back in 2016, I am not about to give it up now. The case has a number of loose threads hanging from it. One loose thread »

The David Steinberg remix

Featured image In “Dozens of documents indicate Ilhan Omar lived with Ahmed Hirsi while claiming to be married to Ahmed Elmi,” the Washington Examiner’s Tiana Lowe and John Gage add parking tickets to the evidence supporting the proposition that Ilhan Omar’s marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was a sham. The Examiner story includes the usual Omar response: Omar “declined to answer the Washington Examiner’s questions on the matter, and her congressional »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar: Finale

Featured image In their Ilhan Omar story today, Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor refer repeatedly to Power Line as conservative. Let it be noted, however, that their story tacitly reveals the Star Tribune to be a pillar of Minnesota’s leftist/progressive establishment. Coolican and Montemayor note in passing (italics added): “Campaign e-mails disclosed by the campaign finance board also show a concerted effort to quash the Elmi story. An August 2016 internal e-mail »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (12) [updated]

Featured image In the matter of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar, my purpose in this series has been (1) to dig into the state campaign finance board investigative file made available to the media over two weeks ago, (2) to embarrass the Star Tribune into covering it, and (3) to attract the interest of others outside Minnesota to what appears to be a big story. In previous installments of this series »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (11)

Featured image In this series I have complained repeatedly of the Star Tribune’s noncoverage of the news about Ilhan Omar. There’s something about Ilhan! This morning the Star Tribune delivers what they seem to think is big news, courtesy of Washington bureau chief Patrick Condon: “Rep. Ilhan Omar, Valerie Castile call for federal ban on school lunch shaming.” Speaking of shame, I wonder about the Star Tribune. We learn from Erin Schulte’s »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (10)

Featured image This series has as its subject the intersection of press and politics in Minnesota. The politician is Ilhan Omar; the press is the Star Tribune. Yesterday I addressed a few basic questions to Star Tribune editor Rene Sanchez. Here is the message I sent, lightly edited to correct errors and add a page citation: Dear Rene: As of this afternoon, the Star Tribune has yet to run a single follow-up »

Does Omar Need an English Lesson?

Featured image Nancy Pelosi has suggested that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is not fully responsible for her own statements because she has a “different experience in the use of words.” It’s possible, although Omar has lived in the U.S. since she was 13. In any event, she seemingly does not know the meaning of the word “alien.” She tweeted today in response to President Trump: No one is an "alien." This is family »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (9)

Featured image It was nearly two weeks ago that we learned Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 with a man to whom she was not married — while she was married to another man. We have learned this thanks to the investigation conducted by the Minnesota campaign finance board of Omar’s 2016 campaign for the state legislature. The board has made its investigative file »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (8)

Featured image The Minnesota campaign finance board deposed Rep. Ilhan Omar in the course of its investigation of her use of campaign funds for personal purposes. I have posted the transcript on Scribd and embedded it below. I have separately posted the deposition exhibits here on Scribd. Executive director Jeff Sigurdson channeled Omar’s view of the underlying story at page 31 in this preface to a question: MR. SIGURDSON: More or less »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (7)

Featured image It is now 10 days since Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar was found to have filed joint tax returns with a man to whom she was not married — while she was married to another man. Although the Star Tribune is proud of its editorial criticizing Omar, the paper has yet to run a single follow-up story on Omar’s misconduct. We know Omar filed the illegal returns for tax »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (6)

Featured image We continue posting items of interest from the Minnesota campaign finance board investigation of Ilhan Omar’s 2016 state legislative campaign. The board investigation coincidentally revealed that Omar had filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 with a man to whom she was not married while legally married to another man. It is my goal to get some help in pulling on the threads that will unravel the story we »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (5)

Featured image It has now been a week since the Minnesota campaign finance board released its incendiary findings in the matter of Ilhan Omar’s 2016 campaign for the state house. The Star Tribune has published one story noting the board’s findings that Omar filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 205 with a man to whom she was not married while she was legally married to another man. Over what period of »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (4)

Featured image I wrote in part 2 this morning about the Omar campaign committee internal emails reflecting its deliberations on the crisis fomented by Power Line’s August 2016 post on Omar’s multiple marriages and her possible marriage to her brother in marriage number 2. I provided my take on the emails and quoted a few highlights. The emails are all dated August 14 and 15, 2016. They follow my initial August 12 »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (3)

Featured image The marriage and divorce of Ahmed Nur Said Elmi (I refer to him as husband number 2) and Ilhan Omar was integral to the Minnesota campaign finance board investigation of Omar over the past year. As I note in part 2 of this series, the Star Tribune and other mainstream media outlets continue to take the Omar campaign’s minimalistic statements as the last word on her marital history. To this »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar (2)

Featured image The Omar campaign committee produced internal emails reflecting its deliberations on the crisis fomented by Power Line’s August 2016 post on Omar’s multiple marriages and her possible marriage to her brother in marriage number 2. When I asked Omar about it by email on the Friday after her primary victory, I was provided a response via criminal lawyer Jean Brandl. The response was short on facts and long on imputations »

From the mixed-up files of Rep. Ilhan Omar

Featured image The story of Ilhan Omar’s joint tax filings with a man to whom she was not married while she was married to another man (assuming that marriage wasn’t void) is a big story. Omar is a national figure. The story reveals illegal conduct on Omar’s part. It raises related issues including the treatment of her marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi as a sham. Omar has issued a vacuous statement »