‘Is Ahmed Elmi Your Brother?’: Omar Asked About Marriage, Refuses To Answer

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One determined reporter caught up with Rep. Ilhan Omar on Capitol Hill and peppered her with questions about her alleged brother, her marriages, and other scandals. Luckily, he got it all on video. However, her response was quite troubling. Don’t miss this.

Rep. Ilhan Omar & staffer are confronted by Rebel Media reporter Keenan Bexte on Capitol Hill (Photo Credit: YouTube/Screenshot)

If you’ve been following the Omar scandal, it can be quite perplexing. The Somali immigrant turned Congresswoman enjoyed cover from the mainstream media until last week when her hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, ran a detailed article on her tax fraud and how that intersected with her marriages.

The big question haunting her for two years or more is did she marry her brother in 2009 to possibly skirt immigration laws?

Up until now, this has only been asked through emails. Omar issued a statement decrying the “Trump-style misogyny, racism, anti-immigration rhetoric and Islamophobic division” allegedly motivating questions about her marital status.

Now, we have the Rebel Media reporter Keenan Bexte confronting the 37-year-old Congresswoman on Capitol Hill today. 

“Documents that I personally pulled from the Minneapolis Courthouse indicate that while Omar was allegedly married to her brother, she was also living with another husband in Minneapolis,” Bexte reports.

According to PJ Media, which compiled evidence years before the mainstream media bothered to cover this story, Ilhan Omar filed questionable tax returns and may have lied in sworn court documents saying she hadn’t seen or heard from her ex-husband since 2011, when, in fact, she’d been in contact with him after that date. In one Instagram comment, for example, she actually referred to her ex-husband, Ahmed Elmi, as being her children’s uncle!

That brings us to the Rebel reporter’s video. Bexte caught up with Omar and immediately started firing away. 

“The mainstream media doesn’t have the cojones to actually ask her these questions, so I’m here in Washington, D.C. She has a press conference and I’m going to ask her some questions,” Bexte said in the video.

“Ilhan, if I could get a moment of your time,” Bexte said, approaching the congresswoman from her left as she walked and talked with a staffer. “Can you tell me why you filed illegal tax returns in 2014 and 2015?”

Omar simply ignored him and continued to talk to her staffer.

“Can you tell me definitively or not, is Ahmed Elmi your brother?” he continued.

At this point, Omar has a golden opportunity to deny the allegations and set the record straight. Instead, she refuses to answer.

“Is he your brother?” Bexte pressed as she swatted at his microphone.

“Ahhh,” Omar said, waving away the camera as she turned back to her staffer to discuss where they were heading.

“It’s Foreign Affairs,” Bexte said, “I’ll go with you.”

The comment prompted the congresswoman to smile and acknowledge the camera.

“Can you tell me definitively, is he your brother? And why can’t you answer that question?” Bexte continued.

“Why did you refer to him as your child’s uncle on Instagram, and why did you lie on court documents saying you hadn’t seen him since 2011, when in fact you had been talking to him all the time on Instagram?”

“Excuse me, sir,” the staffer interjected, “We’re not doing ambush interviews.”

“This isn’t an ambush,” Bexte shot back. “Why are you so afraid to answer these questions? How can anyone take you credibly on the student loan tax file, when you were cheating on your taxes in 2014? And how can you call for Donald Trump’s tax filings when no one can trust you on the file at all?”

“And why are you scared to answer the questions?” Bexte persisted, inching his microphone closer to the lawmaker, who simply smiled and ignored him.

“Excuse me,” Omar said, looking down to dig through her purse.

“What are you hiding?” Bexte said.

“I’m trying to find my phone at the moment,” Omar replied.

“So that you can go on Instagram and talk to your brother?” Bexte snapped.

The lawmaker and her entourage then made an abrupt turn between vehicles to make a getaway. Her silence says everything we need to know:

Ilhan Omar is no dummy. We know she has consulted with private attorneys on her tax fraud case, and emails shared indicate those same attorneys recommended she play the race card in response to these troubling allegations.

Let’s be clear. If you are not guilty of a crime then you have nothing to hide. You sure don’t refuse to clear your name. Omar knows the minute she denies it and then if the entire truth comes out, her denials will be seen as a cover-up. So, she stays silent hoping the whole scandal will blow over. Stay tuned. We don’t think these questions into her past marriages is going to go away any time soon.

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Rebecca Diserio is a conservative writer and speaker who has been featured in numerous high profile publications. She's a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, CA and worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at USC Medical Center. A former Tea Party spokesman, she helped manage Star Parker’s campaign for US Congress and hosted a popular conservative radio show where she interviewed Dr. Alveda King, Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, and Michelle Malkin. A police widow, she resides in Southern California.