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Government watchdog group files ethics complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar over potential immigration, marriage, tax, and student loan fraud


Group says there is "overwhelming" evidence that Omar could have broken the law

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Government watchdog organization Judicial Watch announced on Tuesday that it filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar.

The complaint includes allegations of immigration, marriage, tax, and student loan fraud. The group filed the complaint with the House of Representatives' Office of Congressional Ethics.

What are the details?

The group shared a Tuesday news release, which revealed details of the complaints.

The complaint called for a full investigation into Omar, and potential fraud-related crimes that she may have committed in purportedly marrying her biological brother.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that there is "overwhelming" evidence that Omar could have broken the law, and that the House should be compelled to "urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing" on Omar's part.

Fitton insists that "substantial, compelling and, to date, unrefuted evidence has been uncovered that Rep. Ilhan Omar may have committed the following crimes in violation of both federal and Minnesota state law." Those alleged crimes include perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud."

A portion of the complaint reads, "The evidence developed against Rep. Omar was the result of a three-year-long investigation in both the United States and the United Kingdom by [David] Steinberg and his investigative reporter colleagues Preya Samsundar and Scott Johnson."

Steinberg's investigation alleges that Omar married her biological brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi to "assist his emigration to the United States from the United Kingdom." After the alleged marriage, Elmi was reportedly able to emigrate to the U.S., secure federal student loans, and attend North Dakota State University.

What else?

Omar fled Somalia for the United States in 1997 when she was 15 years old.

"It is supported by information gathered from public records, social media postings, genealogy databases, computer forensic analysis, unaltered digital photographs, discussions between the investigative reporters and the subjects of the investigation themselves, and information supplied by confidential sources within the Somali-American community," the complaint says.

You can read more on the background here, and the full complaint here.

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