It has been reported by Fox News that Democratic United States Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota “will soon learn the conclusions of an investigation into allegations that she violated campaign spending laws during her time as a state lawmaker — including accusations that she used campaign money to pay for her divorce attorney and personal travel.”
The culmination of the state probe is just the latest potential controversy for Omar, an embattled freshman in Congress who has repeatedly faced criticism for comments about Israel and U.S. foreign policy.
In the state case, Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican, alleged that Omar spent around $6,000 in campaign money on her divorce attorney and travels to Estonia and Boston, Sinclair reported.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board was alerted after Omar, who was a state representative between 2017 and 2019, had to repay $2,500 that she accepted for speeches and higher education institutions funded by the government.
The repayment stems from another complaint filed by Drazkowski. The ruling on the investigation is expected within the next month.
Drazkowski explained, “I had observed a long pattern. Representative Omar hasn’t followed the law. She’s repeatedly trampled on the laws of the state in a variety of areas, and gotten by with it.”
37-year-old Omar, who immigrated to the United States with her family from Somalia in 1995, denied the allegations when they first came to fruition.
Omar claimed that the payment she had made to attorney Carla Kjellberg, who was representing her in her divorce from her husband, “was merely a compensation for providing crisis management services during her run for the Minnesota state House, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported,” according to Fox.
The Democratic Representative has been at the center of headlines since she joined the United States House of Representatives in January of this year. Omar became a household name after a 2012 tweet she sent out was unearthed. It read, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
According to Fox, Omar then caused a “bipartisan uproar in February after she falsely suggested Jewish politicians in the U.S. were bought by AIPAC, a non-partisan organization that seeks to foster the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.” Fox explains that the Democratic Representative “then reignited the controversy, saying groups supportive of Israel were pushing members of Congress to have ‘allegiance to a foreign country,’ echoing an anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty.”
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