Updated: July 23, 2019 07:18 PM
State Representative Steve Drazkowski, of Mazeppa, is calling for an investigation into allegations of immigration fraud, tax fraud and bigamy against U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, calling her "maybe the most corrupt politician in Minnesota history."
In a press conference Tuesday morning, Drazkowski stated that he believes Omar has deceived voters about a "sham marriage" and deceived the Minnesota House by refusing to file a statement of economic interest before adjournment.
Drazkowski said he has filed a formal request to the United States House Committee on Ethics, calling for an investigation into the claims.
"No one is above the law," said Drazkowski. "We believe the house ethics committee can and should launch an investigation immediately."
Drazkowski says he has not reached out to Omar to discuss his concerns about her directly, and he hasn't spoken to anyone in the White House. He has, however, created a negative campaign website drawing more attention to the Democratic congresswoman.
"There are piles and piles and piles of data that have been put together," said Drazkowski.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Drazkowski if Omar had the same political views, would he pursue this as aggressively, and does he think President Trump would as well.
"You know, I don't know. That's a good question, I haven't really thought about that. But what I can't stand is fraud and lying," said Drazkowski.
Following the press conference, TakeAction Minnesota issued the following statement:
"Our fates are tied together. When elected officials attack our neighbors and intentionally spread misinformation in our communities, it hurts all of us. Leaders who divide our state and country weaken the whole.
"Stoking division is part of the President's campaign playbook. As Rep. Drazkowski attempts to carryout Trump's hate-filled strategy in our state, we're calling for unbreakable solidarity across race, class, gender, and geography. In Minnesota, we recognize our interconnection and interdependence and care for each other.
"We believe a fair, inclusive, joyful future is possible if we organize for it. TakeAction Minnesota is hosting a community training tonight from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in St. Paul on White Supremacy, Misogyny, and the 2020 Election. All are welcome."
KSTP asked if they believe any of the growing list of allegations could possibly be true.
"I think this is so clearly motivated politically that we've seen similar strategies with President Trump going after President Barack Obama's birth certificates," said
5 Eyewitness News asked if they believe any of the growing list of allegations could possibly be true.
"I think this is so clearly motivated politically that we've seen similar strategies with President Trump going after President Barack Obama's birth certificates," said Kenza Hadj-Moussa, with Take Action Minnesota.
Omar was ordered earlier this year to pay a $500 civil fine to the state for violating campaign finance law, but has never been charged for the other allegations.
"I think it's my job, your job, and every elected persons job in the country to support that effort and find out the truth," said Drazkowski.
Drazkowski hasn't taken any of his claims to local, state or federal prosecutors.
President Trump added more fuel to the fire Tuesday morning ahead of Drazkowski's press conference, sending a tweet saying, "In 2016 I almost won Minnesota. In 2020, because of America hating anti-Semite Rep. Omar, & the fact that Minnesota is having its best economic year ever, I will win the State! "We are going to be a nightmare to the President," she say. No, AOC Plus 3 are a Nightmare for America!"
Updated: July 23, 2019 07:18 PM
Published: July 23, 2019 12:00 AM
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