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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 (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 »

Omar not talking to WCCO either

Featured image I haven’t heard back from any of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s spokesmen in response to the basic questions I asked about her unlawful 2014 and 2015 tax returns — the ones she filed jointly with one man while married (assuming the marriage wasn’t void) to another. I’m trying not to take it personally. WCCO 4’s Esme Murphy didn’t fare any better than I did as she reported the story (segment below). »

Dear Rep. Omar

Featured image The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board investigated Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar for her misuse of campaign funds for personal purposes. The bipartisan board found Omar to have misused campaign funds repeatedly for her personal benefit. In the course of its investigation, the board found that Omar filed her 2014 and 2015 tax returns jointly with Ahmed Hirsi while she was married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi »

Ilhan Omar: Errors & omissions

Featured image The Star Tribune noticed that Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar filed illegal joint returns with Ahmed Hirsi in 2014 and 2015 in yesterday’s story by Patrick Condon and Patrick Coolican. The illegal returns came to light in connection with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board investigation of Omar for her misuse of campaign funds for personal purposes. Condon hadn’t even mentioned the illegal returns in his idiotic »

At the Noor sentencing (4)

Featured image Arriving on the tenth floor of the Hennepin County Government Center for the sentencing of Mohamed Noor on Friday morning, one could see that Somali supporters of the defendant constituted the vast majority of those turning out. The line of Somali supporters going through tenth floor security for the hearing was so long at 8:30, a half hour before the hearing, that I was asked to go to another floor »

When the cat has Omar’s tongue

Featured image Since she was first elected to public office in November 2016, Ilhan Omar has rarely avoided the opportunity to talk for public consumption. We happened upon an exception to the rule back in 2016 in the course of Omar’s campaign for the Minnesota legislature when we learned of Omar’s then current marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. At the time she held out Ahmed Hirsi as her husband on her »

At the Noor sentencing (3)

Featured image This morning’s sentencing hearing in the case of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was an emotionally devastating affair. Cameras in the courtroom captured much of the drama in the victim impact statements, the defendant’s statement to the court, and Judge Quaintance’s pronouncement of conviction and sentence. The Star Tribune has a decent narrative account here. I have embedded all the videos I could find from the hearing below. I »

At the Noor sentencing (2)

Featured image Following an emotionally devastating hearing including victim impact statements and a related video of the victim’s family and friends, Hennepin County District Judge Quaintance sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to 150 months in prison for the third-degree murder of Justine Ruszczyk (Damond). Judge Quaintance rejected the defendant’s arguments in favor a dispositional or durational departure as unsupported by any relevant legal argument. She specifically rejected the therapeutic options »

At the Noor sentencing

Featured image The sentencing of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor for killing Justine Ruszczyk (Damond) is set for this morning at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Kathryn Quaintance. Minnesota operates under a set of sentencing guidelines that indicate presumptive sentences for a given conviction. (The current sentencing guidelines and commentary are accessible here.) Noor’s presumptive sentence for third-degree murder is about 12.5 years. Noor’s attorneys have asked for a sentence including no »

Ilhan Omar’s blizzard of lies

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar is living in a blizzard of lies. She is accustomed to shouting them down with imputations of bigotry and “Islamophobia” such as she dished out to me when I first inquired about her marriage to now former husband number 2 (Ahmed Nur Said Elmi), who appears to be her brother. For the back story please see the linked City Journal column. Today we go »

Michelle Malkin on the curious case

Featured image Michelle Malkin reviews what I called “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” back in 2016. Michelle briefly summarizes our current state of knowledge — far advanced over what I began with in 2016 — in her Townhall column “Revoke Ilhan Omar’s marriage fraud immunity card.” In the conclusion of her column she writes: We have enough native-born scam artists and fraudsters without having to import more from around the world. »

Not dark yet

Featured image Today is the birthday of Minnesota native son Bob Dylan; he turns the ripe old age of 78. It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. We’re going to celebrate him as long we’re both still around to enjoy the occasion. He is a remarkable artist, self-invented, deep in the American grain. A few years back I visited Dylan’s old home at 2425 7th Avenue East in Hibbing. The house »