The controversial State Representative Ilhan Omar has a somewhat troubled past, and now that she is in the spotlight, some of it is coming back to haunt her. According to numerous reports, Omar has been arrested and has faced various accusations of corruption during her short time in politics.
An Altercation With Police
A police report uncovered by Christine Bauman of Alpha News last year showed that Omar was arrested in 2013. The congresswoman was arrested for causing a disturbance near the Minneapolis Convention Center when former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed gave a speech there.
The Somali president was scheduled to stay at the nearby Hotel Ivy, and Omar was among a large group of Somali protesters who stormed the hotel after the event. When asked to disperse, many of the protesters left, but Omar caused a scene and made a stand against the officers who were attempting to clear the area.
According to the police report, “As she stood her ground and refused to leave I took hold of her left elbow to escort her from the lobby. Omar then pulled away from me stating, ‘Don’t put your hands on me!’ Others in her group complied and began walking toward the front entry/exit door as I ordered and I managed to coax Omar out with them.”
Omar can be seen smiling in her mugshot, and this is likely an arrest that she is proud of and would not try to hide, since protesting and activism is seen as a heroic act on the left. However, there are some much more serious legal troubles that she has had to face, even more recently than her outburst at the Hotel Ivy.
Campaign Finance Violations
Just last month, Omar was found guilty of six campaign finance violations and was ordered to pay back thousands of dollars.
A state elections ethics board ruled that Omar misspent over $3,400 that was intended to for campaign use. This violation allegedly occurred while serving in the Minnesota House.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board had been investigating the congresswoman since last year, after Republican State Rep. Steve Drazkowski accused her of violating campaign finance laws. An investigation found that she misspent campaign funds for travel and lodging on five occasions to attend rallies, fundraisers and events which did not “assist her in her performance of her duties as a legislator,” according to CBS 4 Minnesota.
BREAKING — Important Ilhan Omar thread on just-released campaign finance investigation conclusions:
The report’s finding that @IlhanMN committed SIX campaign finance violations is, amazingly, not the report’s key takeaway.
— David Steinberg 🧔🏻 (@realDSteinberg) June 6, 2019
Following the ruling, Omar was ordered to pay back $3,469.23, plus a $500 civil penalty. However, Omar has maintained her innocence in the case all along, insisting that it was simply a misunderstanding.
In a statement after the ruling, Omar pointed out that the things she spent the money on could reasonably be considered business expenses, they just weren’t technically related to her campaign.
Omar says that it was originally alleged that she was spending the campaign donations on private items and was happy that the investigation showed that all of the purchases were related to her work and activism in government.
Despite not being in congress very long, Omar has made quite a name for herself with her harsh criticisms of Donald Trump and the US military.