*NOTE- The Project Veritas video and the claims made within are yet to be proven or verified. This is an opinion editorial.
OPINION by RUSTY WEISS at MENREC –
President Trump is calling for a “review” of Rep. Ilhan Omar following reports of alleged “ballot harvesting” in the Minnesota congresswoman’s district .
The New York Post reports that Project Veritas, the controversial undercover video production company, claims to have uncovered a scheme in which hundreds of ballots are being illegally harvested from elderly Somali immigrants .
“Numbers don’t lie,” says one of the individuals captured on video as he displays hundreds of envelopes on his car’s dashboard .
He asserts that they are for Minneapolis City Council member Jamal Osman.
“You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots … Look, all these are for Jamal Osman,” he continues .
The Post points out that under Minnesota law, no individual can be the “designated agent” for greater than three absentee voters .
The video has not been verified and the claims made within yet to be proven.
However, The Minneapolis Police are taking the report seriously:
ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER FRAUD BEING EVALUATED. ✅ The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting. We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements. No further information is available at this time on this.
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) September 28, 2020
Project Veritas exposes Ilhan Omar-connected cash-for-votes ballot harvesting scheme.https://t.co/vcyb2syHWk
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 28, 2020
Trump Wants Investigation Into Ballet Harvesting Benefitting Ilhan Omar
President Trump shared several stories about the alleged ‘ballot harvesting’ scheme on Twitter.
“This is totally illegal,” he tweeted. “Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review.”
He demanded to know, “If not, why not?”
This is totally illegal. Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not??? We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range! https://t.co/yete31P680
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2020
Two people in the Project Veritas investigation claim one of the ballot harvesters is associated with Omar.
“It’s an open secret,” whistleblower Omar Jamal alleged. “She will do anything that she can do to get elected and she has hundreds of people on the streets doing that.”
Another person identified only as a ‘former political worker’ accuses Omar’s campaign deputy district director, Ali (Isse) Gainey, of having “perfected this system” of harvesting ballots from the elderly.
Neither of these individuals claims has been substantiated.
Trump Campaign to Refer Ilhan Omar Voter Fraud Allegations to FBIhttps://t.co/pAdKm6s8kE
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 28, 2020
Controversy Follows Omar
President Trump’s reference to Omar’s “many misdeeds” could be driven by several other controversies that have surrounded the Congresswoman.
Federal Election Commission (FEC) records have shown that Omar’s campaign committee has paid nearly $1 million to her husband’s consulting firm since they were married.
Omar announced that she and Mynett had married earlier this year, after spending months initially denying accusations from his former wife and the media that they were having an affair.
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s total campaign payments to her husband’s consulting firm now exceed seven figures after reporting additional funds paid to the company in the second quarter of 2020.
Read More: https://t.co/v0LXz8X7Nd pic.twitter.com/HOeTvX8p64
— Alpha News MN (@AlphaNewsMN) July 20, 2020
Last year, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on documents raising questions as to whether she previously married her own brother as a means to “skirt immigration laws.”
In January, Fox News correspondent Trace Gallagher indicated investigations involving Omar were being conducted by the Department of Education and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Some of the alleged misdeeds involved allegations of “perjury, immigration fraud, tax fraud, student loan fraud, and possibly bigamy.”
I hope this wipes that stupid, disgusting smile off @IlhanMN face. pic.twitter.com/eQSw1X0rII
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 17, 2020
Jeremy Slevin, Senior Communications Director for Omar, denied the Project Veritas story.
“The amount of truth to this story is equal to the amount Donald Trump paid in taxes of ten out of the last fifteen years: zero,” Slevin suggested.
“And amplifying a coordinated right-wing campaign to delegitimize a free and fair election this fall undermines our democracy.”
In Senate testimony last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated, “We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election.”
*Again- The Project Veritas video and the claims made within are yet to be proven or verified. This is an opinion editorial.
This article originally appeared at The Mental Recession and was republished with expressed permission.
You can follow the author Rusty Weiss on Twitter by clicking here.
*Some edits and additions have been made for various reasons.
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