Can We Find Out If Rep. Ilhan Omar Married Her Brother?

No one in the mainstream media seems to be able to determine if Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, 37, a Democrat from Minnesota, married her biological brother – quite possibly to permit him to come to the US and enjoy certain benefits at taxpayer expense.

This is interesting for the mainstream media would, in general, be highly interested in discrediting this lingering story that a liberal Congresswoman from Minnesota might have done something unethical and illegal.

The allegation has dogged Omar since before she was elected to Congress.

Why she would be the first to be defended by the mainstream media is for her gender, her race and her liberal outlook.

She was elected in 2019, as the historic first Somali-American and the first naturalized citizen to serve in Congress, and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the House. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab.

She might also be the first member of Congress to marry her own sibling.

Omar has been the subject of a three-year investigation by investigative reporter David Steinberg and his colleagues, Preya Samsundar and Scott Johnson.

Steinberg, relying mainly on now-deleted social media posts, believes Omar married her biological brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, in 2009, for purposes of immigration fraud.

Omar has called these rumors, ‘disgusting lies.’

Last October [before she was elected to Congress], Omar explained her curious marital history in context with her Muslin faith.

She had, for a time, two husbands simultaneously.

Omar makes a distinction between “legal” and “religious” marriages in her Muslim faith, explaining that, at one time, she had not legally divorced her first husband [her alleged brother, Ahmed Elmi] but had religiously married another man, Ahmed Hirsi.

Elmi [the legal husband and alleged brother] and Hirsi [the father of her children]

Prior to 2017, when she actually divorced her alleged brother, Omar explained, “In 2002, when I was 19 years old, Ahmed Hirsi… the father of my children and love of my life, and I applied for a marriage license, but we never finalized the application and thus were never legally married [They were religiously married].

“In 2008, we decided to end our relationship in our faith tradition after reaching an impasse in our life together. I entered into a relationship with a British citizen Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, [her alleged brother], and married him legally in 2009. Our relationship ended in 2011 and we divorced in our faith tradition. [She did not divorce him legally].  After that, he moved home to England. I have yet to legally divorce Ahmed Nur Said Elmi but am in the process of doing so. Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive. Since 2011, I am happy to say that I have reconciled with Ahmed Hirsi, we have married in our faith tradition [religious, not legal marriage] and are raising our family together.

The alleged brother Elmi, and Omar legally divorced in 2017. She legally married Hirsi in 2018.

In the course of the divorce from Elmi, Omar submitted an “Application for an Order for Service by Alternate Means” to the State of Minnesota on August 2, 2017 and claimed that she had had no contact with her husband [and alleged brother] Elmi after June 2011.

She also claimed she did not know where to find him. Omar signed the “Application for an Order for Service by Alternate Means” under penalty of perjury.

Steinberg and his colleagues reported that Omar did have contact with Elmi and they met in London in 2015, which is supported by screenshots of now-deleted social media pictures.

Photographs taken during a trip by Omar to London in 2015 and posted to her Instagram account [under her nickname “hameey”] showed her posing with her husband/presumed brother, Elmi, Steinberg reports.

These photographs from 2015 suggest she met up with Elmi after June 2011 and before the date she signed the divorce document in 2017, calling into question her claim that she had not seen Elmi since June 2011.

In 2016, the conservative [and anti-Omar] website AlphaNewsMN posted a screenshot of an Instagram post — since deleted — that was allegedly uploaded by Elmi on June 12, 2012, shortly after Omar gave birth to her third child.

The caption of the photograph identified Elmi, holding the baby girl, calling her “nieces.”

This was an odd way of describing your wife’s child. It also suggests that while Omar claims she had no way to find him since 2011, in 2012 he was holding her baby.

To her critics, it appears that Rep. Omar may have married Elmi [her alleged brother] to assist his emigration to the United States from the United Kingdom.  He came to the US and attended high school and through federally-backed student loans, North Dakota State University. He is two years younger than Omar.   Elmi and Omar simultaneously attended North Dakota State University.

For simplicity sake, here is a timeline on the marital history – both legal and religious of Omar.

2002: Omar, then 19, “religiously” married Ahmed Hirsi, but not legally. Omar and Hirsi had two children.

2008: Omar and Hirsi obtained an Islamic religious divorce.

2009: Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi [her alleged brother] religiously and legally. This is her first known legal marriage.

2011:  Omar and Elmi divorced religiously, but remained legally married.

2012: Omar and Hirsi have a third child.

2017: Omar legally divorced [her alleged brother] Elmi.

2018 Omar legally married Hirsi.

One Investigation Leads to Another

The State of Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board began an investigation [most likely initiated by her political enemies] and found that Rep. Omar violated state campaign finance laws for improper use of campaign funds.

In July 2018, when she was still a Minnesota state representative, Omar was almost six months late in filing her state-mandated economic-interest disclosure.

Then, in November 2018, the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found probable cause regarding possible misuse of campaign funds by Omar and the board launched another investigation.

State Representative Steve Drazkowski contended that Omar used campaign funds to pay for a trip to Massachusetts and a trip to Estonia, as well as paying legal fees to her divorce attorney.

She was also accused of accepting appearance payments from three Minnesota colleges which was in violation of Minnesota House rules.

Omar reportedly repaid $2,500 of the $2,750 she should not have accepted.

In June 2019, the Board, during their investigation into misuse of campaign funds, discovered that federal tax returns submitted by Rep. Omar for 2014 and 2015 were filed as “joint” tax returns with Hirsi [the man she was then only religiously married to] who was not her legal husband [until 2018].

When she filed the joint tax returns with her religious husband, she was still legally married to [her alleged brother] Elmi.

The Minnesota campaign finance board determined that Omar had illegally filed joint tax returns.

Omar said she corrected the 2014 and 2015 tax filings and declined to comment on why she filed taxes with a man she was not married to, when she was legally married to someone else [her alleged brother].

Is Elmi Really Omar’s Brother?

No one seems to be able to find out if Elmi is Omar’s brother.

In a June 23 article, the hometown newspaper for Omar, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote that it “could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that [Elmi] is Omar’s sibling.” in February 2019 wrote, “the evidence uncovered thus far isn’t definitive enough to come down on one side or the other.”

PolitiFact was unable to reach a conclusion.

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Rep. Omar’s conduct suggesting that her federal tax returns be examined to determine whether additional falsifications were made.

Omar Says You Can’t Prove a Negative 

Omar told the Star-Tribune in October 2018, [before she was elected to Congress] that “it’s really strange, right, to prove a negative. … If someone was asking me, do I have a brother by that name, I don’t.”

That is not quite the same as saying Elmi is not her brother.

Most of the evidence behind the allegation that she married her brother seems to be in now-deleted social media posts.

The Star Tribune looked into the social media trail and found that It had been wiped clean.  Because the posts had been wiped, the Star Tribune had to rely on screenshots that had been posted by people who were opposed to Omar.  They looked authentic. But they had to be careful since the screenshots were provided to them by enemies of Omar. They might have been altered.

The Star Tribune did find that all three – Omar, and her two husbands had “overlapping addresses.”

Public records searches by the Star Tribune determined that, after she married Elmi, all three, Omar, [alleged brother] Elmi, and [religious husband] Hirsi, used the same address in Minnesota.

Why was Omar living with the person she’s married to and the man who would be her eventual husband?

Omar was unwilling to answer the Star Tribune when they asked this and other similar questions.

She deflected, saying these were mere accusations, that they were unfair, and she shouldn’t have to address them.

The Star Tribune concluded that, as the US representative of many of their readers, she might have been more forthcoming, especially in light of the undisputed instance of her filing her taxes improperly with a man who was not legally her husband.

Omar declined to show the Star Tribune immigration records they requested. She showed them a photo of them on a cellphone instead.

What might settle the matter quickly and decisively would be an interview of her father, her sisters, and Elmi, himself – her husband and alleged brother.

All of them have been unavailable for comment.

Stay tuned

Here are p[hotos of Rep-. Omar and her former husband and alleged brother Ahmed Elmi. Do they look like they might be related?
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Rep. Omar with her religious and now legal husband Ahmed Hirsi.


Is Elmi her brother or simply her estranged husband?

The real question is can we ever find out?

Is it important?

Should Omar even be required to defend this allegation?

Is the burden of proof on the accusers or her?


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  • Question:

    Why does Ilhan Omar care about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict?


    Publicity. The Israeli and Palestinian conflict gets headlines and her name in lights.

    How does her interest in the conflict help her financially strapped constituents?
    Or her Somali homeland?

    All Omar is doing is “pissing of the man” to garner votes and admiration amongst her disenfranchised voter base.

    Omar’s interest in Palestinian politics is fabricated for votes.

  • She already said it was a disgusting lie she married her brother, which it is, and obviously, she is telling the truth because the media have found nothing, instead of admitting there is nothing, they try to make it seem as if she has it hidden so well, they can’t find it or something, in this day and age, you can’t even hide your trip to the local Starbucks, let alone marry your brother, which is Ewww, why would anyone do it, it’s not as if she could not find someone else for him. As a British citizen, he can visit the US for 3 months on visa waiver and could marry any woman, it’s not hard to find a woman to marry in the US or anywhere. These lies are propaganda by right-wing extremists, Ilhan Omar never married her brother and no one has any proof.

  • If Epstein is actually a Mossad agent and in charge of a honey pot operation that entraps U.S. government politicians and officials to effectively blackmail them into policies that are particularly beneficial to a specific foreign country – just look at how often U.S. politicians kiss Israel’s ass under the false banner of being the “only democracy in the Middle East” as they risk career suicide if they don’t – not only is it plausible that his death would be faked as a suicide and he would still be alive, it would also make sense that two new Muslim female congresspersons of which Ilhan is one who voice strong opinions that can be interpreted as antithetical to the agenda of the current regime in Israel would be called antisemitic and receive a lot of blowback about them in the media in their first term that challenges what is appearing more and more every day to be a corrupt status quo.

  • She’s not the first naturalized citizen in Congress. You must have forgotten Ted Lieu. Also a dna test would clear up the alleged brother mystery.

  • Re Omar & fairness

    In the interest of fairness and playing devil’s advocate, I will ask the following question to Frank Parlato, KR Claviger, or anyone else that would like to answer:

    If Donald Trump refuses to show his tax returns, why should Miss Omar have to prove she did not marry her brother?

    Counter argument…
    Barack Obama released his birth certificate. Why can’t Congresswoman Omar present her marriage certificate? Because it’s insulting?

    Why can’t Donald Trump explain what he discussed with Putin for 3 hours when he met with Putin and Putin’s interpreter. Trump sent his own interpreter away.

    Why can’t Bill Clinton explain why he hung out with Jeffrey Epstein so many times?

    What’s wrong with asking Congresswoman Omar to provide paperwork i.e. a wedding certificate to validate the fact that you didn’t marry her brother?

    What’s wrong with asking the question did she marry her brother?

  • Articles like this one are the reason for not speaking to Frank Parlato if you can avoid it. All he posts is biased BS and conspiracy theories. All the reputation he managed to build up with the Raniere story flushed down.

  • This is bullshit.

    If the allegation is that she married her brother so that he could get into the USA, is makes no sense. As her brother, he would already have that right. There would be no need to pretend to marry.

    The original allegation is just a smear. The right wing loves it, just as they love pizzagate and clinton cash and obama was born in kenya and bill clinton had people murdered.

    No, she doesn’t have to give an explanation. Weird to see this kind of nonsense on a site that claims to be about pursuit of truth.

  • In any reasoned and logical debate, the burden is on the party making a claim or accusation – as it is in our legal system.

    This whole issue is dubious enough to have risen to the point of Snopes covering it:

    Apparently while there’s no proof of anything, she’s also not been entirely forthcoming about her past entanglements – something unfortunately typical of politicians of all stripes. Maybe someone can arrange a sort of public trade of her marriage records for a release of all the NDAs Trump has paid various women for, including any records about the Epstein-connected girl who filed suit against him for sexual abuse when she was underaged, but then dropped it (there’s a good one for you to investigate, Frank).

    • That’s what you do best, besides spouting BS babble. You should have been a spokesman for Raniere.

      • I believe Spany the anon maker was in the Brooklyn cabal of NXIVM and is just here to monitor the board as well as push the leftist conspiratorial agenda. His blowhardness makes it appear as if he works with a school or university. Probably helps brainwash students into his local Antifa

    • Relax Spanky. She will be out in 2020 while President Trump will continue to be your President. Trying to hide your leftist biased conspiracies through your word salad jibbershit is about effective as smelling one of your farts in a gale force wind.

    • You have no room to talk, Spanky. You yourself on this blog admitted to interacting with young teen girls on Kristen K Web sites. You are one sick fuck that needs to be investigated.

  • There is a definitive way to determine if there is a blood relationship between Representative Omar and her former husband.
    It is called a DNA test.
    A politician who wanted to clear up the issue once and for all would gladly consent to such a test.

    Consanguineous or incestuous marriages are a serious health issue.
    Incestuous marriages are really a form of child abuse.
    When wife and husband are blood relatives there is a greater likelihood of genetic mutations creating unhealthy off -spring.
    The children of such marriages often have lower IQs and more mental health issues.
    An example of such unhealthy marriages is the union of Adolf Hitler’s father and mother who were also uncle and niece.
    We know how that union turned out.

    “Family.- A glance at Hitler’s family tree reveals the
    fact of almost incestuous breeding. Hitler’s mother Klara Poelz
    according to Mrs. Brigid Hitler (mother of Patrick Hitler) had
    Czech blood, besides being a blood relation of her husband, Al 1
    Schickelgruber, subeequently legitimized to Hitler.

    In order for Hitler’s father and mother to marry they actually had to have a Papal dispensation.

    ” Alois (Hitler) petitioned the church for an episcopal dispensation citing “bilateral affinity in the third degree touching the second” to describe his rather complicated family relationship to Klara. The local bishop apparently believed this relationship was too close to approve on his own authority, so he forwarded the petition to Rome on behalf of Alois, seeking instead a papal dispensation, which was approved before the birth of the couple’s first child. ”

    A serious problem within Islam is that marriages between first cousins are legal.

    “Cousin marriage in Islam is a marriage to a person who shares a fairly recent ancestor (within a few generations). In some communities cousin marriages are encouraged and in others they are stigmatized. Cousin marriages are illegal and prohibited in some countries.[1][2] Children of cousin marriages may have increased risk of genetic disorders and child mortality.[3][4] Cousin marriages has been the norm throughout all Islamic recorded history[5] and remains so in Islamic world today.”

    “The British geneticist, Professor Steve Jones, giving The John Maddox Lecture at the 2011 Hay Festival had stated in relation to Muslim inbreeding, “It is common in the Islamic world to marry your brother’s daughter, which is actually [genetically] closer than marrying your cousin.”[20]”

    • Even when DNA tests are performed, believers in conspiracy theories will just claim they’ve been rigged – I’ve watched that happen in cases.

      My best guess is that Omar came from a large family where, as in many, boys are named after their fathers and grandfathers, resulting in several cousins with the same name. She more likely married a relative embarrassingly close by modern Western standards, but not her brother.

      Also, the old beliefs about the basic genetic risks have been disproven – unless it’s repeated generation after generation, as the European royal families infamously did:

      “a single first-cousin marriage entails a similar increased risk of birth defects and mortality as a woman faces when she gives birth at age 41 rather than at 30.

      Repeated consanguineous marriages within a group are more problematic. ”

      In the supposed “good old days,” cousin marriages were not uncommon in America, including among the upper crust – FDR famously married a distant cousin, and in a bizarre twist more than one Vice President was married to a first cousin once removed.

      • AnoyMaker,

        Don’t forget the fact that people that are from Muslim countries take their name from the Koran and that is why it seems everybody has the “same name”.

        Literally how many permutations can there be?

        It’s not at all shocking that her husband has the same last name.

        Regarding inbreeding there is a group of people that live on an island in the Indian Ocean and their population has never been over 20-40 for centuries. The Sentinelese people prove continued inbreeding can be successful.
        Link to Sentinelese

    • “A serious problem with Islam is that marriages between first cousins are legal” says Shadowmackdaddy.

      In that Islamic stronghold known as the United States, marriage between first cousins is legal in twenty (20) states. In twenty-three (23) states marriage between cousins is verboten. As best as I can tell from the table attached below, in five (5) of the 23 states which prohibit first cousin marriage, cohabitating and/or copulating first cousins are permitted by law.

      In seven (7) states, first cousins can legally marry subject to certain conditions. In Illinois for example, the law requires that both cousins be over the age of 50, or that one of the cousins be infertile. So Shadow is correct in saying that there are mental and physical risks involved with what is called inbreeding.

      Sadly, the apparently Nazi fixated Shadowkraut did not do any research past Hitler (let us not forget that the object of his affliction was born in West Germany). If he had, it is entirely possible that he would have found that many children produced by married first cousins grew to live healthy, normal and sometimes exceptional lives.

      Fun facts: Rudy Giuliani’s first wife was his second cousin (Regina Perrugi). Giuliani’s second wife, Donna Hanover, found out Rudy was divorcing her when he announced it at a press conference. Giuliani’s soon to be third ex wife, Judy Nathan, supposedly gives great headache.

      • All of them witches,

        How dare you point out the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in Shadowkraut’s logical thinking 😉

        Did you know shadowstate is one of the greatest outside the box “delusional” thinkers in the world of pseudosciences.

        He actually sites and lists his own body of research as proof of his beliefs!

  • My problem with Omar:

    Mis Omar- likes to rewrite history and reality. Miss Omar claims the United States committed war atrocities in Somalia in the early 90s during, what is popularly referenced by the media as Black Hawk, the Battle of Mogadishu

    The fact of the matter is that the Somalis were committing genocide on their own people. The US was trying to save Somali lives.

    Below is an news story explaining Miss Omar’s rewrite of history.

    • NiceGuy,
      Quoting a single source to demonstrate genocide on a national scale, especially when the attributes of that source clearly create the risk of it being self serving to the matter under contention, does not make a convincing argument. No, I am not Muslim. You may have already noticed my regard for all religions.
      I am surprised you’ve lost objectivity here. I find it hard your research skills are at this level. Maybe you simply had a exhausting day or week…

      • Alex,

        Before the US army rangers and other JSOG operators arrived in Somalia 300,000 Somalis had died within about a year from a combination of wholesale murder and starvation.

        President Bill Clinton at the time sent the US military to return order and end the bloodshed.

        The NYtimes and BBC have hundreds of articles on the subject.

        Use the link at the bottom to the Wikipedia Battle of Mogadishu section as a starting point.

        Miss Omar is welcome to her opinion. Her opinion is protected by the First Amendment.

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