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State Representative calls for investigation of U.S. Rep. Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Photo: AP/ J. Scott Applewhite
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Updated: June 25, 2019 10:01 PM

A Minnesota State Representative is calling on U.S. Rep. Angie Craig to initiate an investigation into U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar. 

State Rep. Steve Drazkowski has called on Craig to remove Omar's security clearances, remove the freshman congresswoman from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and initiate an ethics investigation over allegations of federal and state offenses. 

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"Ms. Omar appears to be a serial career criminal and should not have access to our nation's highest secrets and intelligence," Drazowski said during a press conference Tuesday. 

Craig called Drazowski's call for an investigation a "political stunt." 

"The people I talk to want me to focus on reducing the price of health care and prescription drugs, and that's exactly what I'm doing," Craig said in a statement. 


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Omar's office issued the following statement: 

"Since before she was elected to office, Ilhan has been the subject of conspiracy theories and false accusations about her personal life. Emboldened by a president who openly treats immigrants, refugees and Muslims as invaders, these attacks often stem from the presumption that Ilhan—like others who share those identities—is somehow illegitimate or not fully American.

"Ilhan has shared more than most public officials ever do about the details of her personal life—even when it is personally painful. Whether by colluding with right wing outlets to go after Muslim elected officials or hounding family members, legitimate media outlets have a responsibility not to fan the flames of hate. Continuing to do so is not only demeaning to Ilhan, but to her entire family."

Earlier this month, Omar was fined $500 for violating a campaign finance law.
 

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