(PatriotWise.com)- Progressive Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar has faced a lot of scrutiny and criticism for what she says and does in Washington, D.C.
Now, though, the Minnesota congresswoman could be facing something entirely more challenging — criminal charges.
Omar is facing accusations that she committed a felony crime when she didn’t properly report her assets and income in required financial disclosures she had to send to the House of Representatives.
The National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, recently demanded the Office of Congressional Ethics investigate Omar’s disclosures. They want to know why Omar’s documents don’t refer to income she allegedly received from memoirs she published back in May of 2020.
The NLPC also says it must be investigated why Omar’s husband’s consulting firm was undervalued after it earned roughly $3 million from Omar’s campaigns between 2018 and 2020.
In an official complaint it filed recently, the NLPC wrote:
“Representative Omar’s apparent disclosure omissions and misreporting violate House ethics rules, the Ethics in Government act, and possibly 18 U.S.C. 1001, a felony with penalties up to five years in prison for making false statements in a matter before the legislative branch. There is clearly more than ‘reasonable cause to believe’ that disclosure violations may have occurred.”
Omar’s camp responded by doing exactly what they always do — deflecting and accusing conservatives of trying to get her. One of her spokespeople told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the NLPC was just a “far-right group.”
Jeremy Slevin, the spokesperson, said in a message:
“The NLPC, a far-right group with ties to the Trump campaign known for filing specious claims, including trying to challenge the constitutionality of the Mueller investigation. We see this complaint for what it is: a completely political document, and not one with legal validity.”
In mid-August, the Daily Caller News Foundation first published a report that said Omar didn’t disclose any royalties or income she could’ve received from her memoir, which is titled “This is What America Looks Like.”
In January of 2019, Forbes reported that Omar signed a deal to write the memoir that was worth anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000.
If this is true and Omar didn’t report the income, then it could be a huge problem for her. That’s because all lawmakers must report sources of income of more than $200 in all financial disclosures.
In addition, the DCNF reported the 2018 and 2019 financial disclosures Omar filed didn’t contain any reference to this book or an advance she could’ve received for writing it.
When that first DCNF report was published, Slevin said Omar “has been in full compliance with House Ethics rules. She has reported everything that needed to be reported on the financial disclosure form accurately.”
Omar seems to always find herself in the headlines, and it’s hardly for good reason.
In June, she made comments that most people thought were anti-Semitic. Then, she doubled down on those comments, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that she didn’t regret comparing both Israel and the United States to terrorist organizations such as Hamas.