Rep. Ilhan Omar denied father to cover up immigration and marriage fraud.
Rep. Ilhan Omar deleted a 2013 tweet saying that Nur Said is her father in an effort to evade immigration and marriage fraud allegation.
Omar was married to a man named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, who may be her own brother. In Somalia, one’s name is normally a first name, the father’s name, and then the grandfather’s name.
Other family members have also tried to scrub social media evidence.
“Happy Father’s Day to my aabo Nur Said, I am forever grateful to Allah for giving me the best father…” the Minnesota Democrat said in the June 2013 post.
Omar’s spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, did not answer questions from the Daily Caller News Foundation about why the congresswoman would try to erase the identity of her father from the internet. But the name of the man who Omar married under unusual circumstances was Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, adding to evidence that she married her brother.
In 2016, Power Line’s Scott Johnson, PJMedia’s David Steinberg and Alpha News’ Preya Samsundar
published Instagram and Facebook screenshots suggesting that Omar married her brother. But the Instagram posts are now deleted, leading the media to treat the screenshots with caution.
The Minnesota Star-Tribune reported in June that Elmi was “possibly her own brother,” but noted that it was unable to obtain the original social media posts.
Omar said she married a different man, Ahmed Hirsi, under a religious but non-legal ceremony in 2002 and had two children, then separated from him and married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009, the Tribune reported. But in 2012, she had another child that she says was Hirsi’s and in 2014 and 2015, filed her taxes jointly with him, all while legally married to Elmi.
Meanwhile, addresses listed in dozens of traffic violations and other publicly available government documents first uncovered by the Washington Examiner show that Omar was living with Hirsi the entire time.
In 2017, she filed for divorce from Elmi and said she hadn’t seen him since 2012. She swore under oath that she did not know the name of a single member of his family and did not know anyone who knew him.
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