Was justice served here? You be the judge…
Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar has been caught lying on past federal and state tax returns about her marital status, yet will seemingly face little to no real consequences for doing so.
While a scandal of this nature would utterly destroy a Republican, Omar gets a pass.
If a Republican was caught lying like this the media would trumpet the fact day and night until the politician finally resigned in disgrace.
Not Omar however. For Omar, because she’s a Democrat, because she’s a woman, and because she’s a Muslim, she gets a pass.
More from The Hill:
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board last week ordered Omar to repay her state House campaign committee nearly $3,500 in funds used in violation of law, as well as pay to the state a $500 civil penalty.
But the report issued by the board also revealed that Omar and her current husband Ahmed Hirsi filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015, while Omar was still legally married to another man, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.
What The Hill story leaves out, of course, is that “other man” Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is Omar’s brother.
Omar and Hirsi first became engaged in 2002. They never legally married, but had two children together before separating in 2008. She married Elmi in 2009 and she said the two obtained divorce in their Muslim faith tradition — albeit not a legal one — in 2011.
Omar and Hirsi reconciled after that and had a third child together in 2012. She filed to divorce Elmi in 2017, and legally married Hirsi in 2018.
At issue were her joint tax filings with Hirsi in 2014 and 2015, which were filed when she was still married to Elmi.
The Hill obviously tries to cover for Omar, but it’s next to impossible. Again a Republican would be destroyed for much less.
Here’s the worst part:
While filing a joint tax return where no legal marriage exists violates both federal and state law, there are no signs that the discrepancy is being treated as a criminal matter. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board never referred the tax case to county prosecutors and the IRS rarely treats such cases as criminal matters.
The Hill calls Omar’s transgression a “discrepancy” but I call it lying on your tax returns.
Not sure the IRS, or The Hill would treat a Republican lawmaker, or any of us, so leniently for such a flagrant violation.