A police investigation has been launched into the alleged ballot harvesting plot helping progressive “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting. We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements,” the department said.
The force added that “no further information is available at this time,” including whether the Democratic congresswoman would be involved in the initial investigation.
The probe surrounds a video posted by Project Veritas late Sunday, in which Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Council member Jamal Osman, is shown with ballots filling his car’s dashboard.
“I have 300 ballots in my car right now. … Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots,” Mohamed says in the video posted on July 1, according to the report.
Omar Jamal, a Minneapolis community leader, then implicated Democratic congresswoman Omar in the alleged scheme, saying Mohamed is “one of” her “many people.”
“It’s an open secret. She will do anything that she can do to get elected and she has hundreds of people on the streets doing that,” Jamal told Project Veritas in an interview last week.
Trump raged that it was “totally illegal,” tweeting early Monday, “Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not???”
Rep. Omar responded to his attack by deflecting on the president, posting a video of a game show contestant unveiling a card showing $750, a reference to reports over how much federal income tax he paid.
“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,” Omar’s senior communications director, Jeremy Slevin, told Newsweek.
“And amplifying a coordinated right-wing campaign to delegitimize a free and fair election this fall undermines our democracy.”