Speculation and allegations have been rampant regarding Representative Ilhan Omar’s alleged marriage to her brother, Ahmed Elmi, to help him acquire United States citizenship faster. Now, reliable sources have told PowerLine‘s Scott Johnson that her current (and first) husband, Ahmed Hirsi, is confirming to friends that Elmi is Omar’s brother after revelations came out that Omar is currently having an affair with a married Democratic strategist, Tim Mynett.
This is worse than a storyline in a daytime soap opera, but this seems to be real life in the world of the first Somali-American member of Congress. Here are the details of the sordid affair from Hirsi’s perspective:
- that he will not go to jail for Omar;
- that while Omar did indeed marry her brother (Ahmed Elmi) for fraudulent purposes, Hirsi did not know at the time that she had married Elmi;
- that Omar is threatening Hirsi he would be in trouble along with her if the truth were to come out;
- that Omar has asked him to state publicly that all is well with their marriage even though it is completely done and finished; and
- that in fact they are living apart and have been divorced under Islamic law (although they remain legally married).
The third point makes sense and jibes with his current and past silence on the matter. Whether she betrayed him or not, it’s clear he has concerns for himself and their three children. If he played a role in the alleged marriage to her brother, immigration fraud, tax fraud, or any of the other crimes Omar may have been involved with, his complicity may be impossible to prove. But here’s the catch. Considering the situation, if these allegations are true he can certainly strike a deal with the Justice Department to bring all of it to light.
As for Omar herself, she’s facing other challenges. Reports earlier today indicate she’s falling out of the good graces of Democratic leadership as some of her colleagues are asking he to stay under the radar. They’re even suggesting she shouldn’t run for reelection, an easy move for them to desire since her district is safely blue regardless of scandals.
In fact, the best chance for someone like Chris Kelley to win the seat is if Omar tries to keep it amidst the scandals and the potential for future criminal charges.
Social media posts and pieces of information here and there have led to speculation that Ilham Omar married her brother. If her husband is willing to go to the DoJ or even go public with what he knows, the freshman Congresswoman may be in huge trouble.
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