The FBI has taken further steps to advance its investigation into Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to a recent report.
Two federal agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Education, have been contacted by the FBI in matters related to alleged misconduct by Omar, The Blaze reported on Thursday.
The development comes following Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski’s repeated calls for an ethics investigation into the freshman congresswoman.
Drazkowski and others have alleged that Omar’s 2009 marriage to a British citizen, who they claim was her brother, was entered into for fraudulent purposes.
Last year, Drazkowski called on the United States House Committee on Ethics to investigate Omar’s “sham marriage.”
“No one is above the law,” Drazkowski said during a press conference in July 2019. “We believe the House Ethics Committee can and should launch an investigation immediately.”
Drazkowski would eventually go on to file a complaint against Omar with the Minnesota District of the Department of Justice.
The Minnesota lawmaker’s complaint prompted a U.S. attorney appointed by President Donald Trump to direct the FBI to take up the case, The Blaze reported.
The Department of Justice assigned a FBI Special Agent in Charge to review the allegations in October.
According to The Blaze, investigators within ICE and the Department of Education have been put into contact with the FBI.
Omar’s critics have also accused her of committing immigration-related offenses, which may explain the alleged involvement of ICE in the investigation.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board found in June of last year that Omar had misspent thousands of dollars in campaign cash while she served in the Minnesota state legislature.
She was ordered to pay back $3,469.23, plus a $500 civil penalty.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks to supporters at the airport in Minneapolis St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 18, 2019.: Twitter