Trump Campaign to Refer Ilhan Omar Voter Fraud Allegations to FBI
Ilhan Omar is no stranger to controversy. When she was just a candidate she’s faced allegations that she legally married her brother to help him immigrate to the U.S. (allegations the FBI is now investigating), and since becoming a Representative she’s had other controversies, such as spending $1.6 million in campaign funds to a firm operated by the man who would later become her husband (and they’ve continued since). She’d also been hit by an FEC complaint for allegedly using her campaign to illegally reimburse the travel expenses of her husband-to-be.
Now she’s being rocked by her biggest scandal yet: allegations of ballot harvesting. Eric Trump tweeted this morning that the Trump campaign will immediately be notifying the FBI of the allegations.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 28, 2020
As for the specifics of the allegations, according to an investigation from Project Veritas:
Project Veritas investigators revealed a ballot harvesting scheme here involving clan and political allies and associates of Ilhan Omar in the first of a series of reports.
“Numbers don’t lie. Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentees’ ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these, my car is full. All these are for Jamal Osman… We got 300 today for Jamal Osman only,” said Liban Mohamed in a series of Snapchat videos posted July 1 and July 2 on his own Snapchat profile.
Mohamed said he was collecting the ballots to help his brother win the city’s Aug. 11 special election for a vacant Ward 6 city council race—which was held the same day as the primary for Omar’s MN-05 congressional seat. Ward 6 is the heart of the city’s Somali community and the Omar’s political base.
Our investigation found that among three locations inside Ward 6, a ballot harvesting triangle, where the scheme operates: the Riverside Plaza apartments, the senior citizen community at Horn Towers and the Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services office at 980 E. Hennepin Ave., which also functions as a voting location and ballot drop-off site.