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Trump calls for investigation into Rep. Omar over ‘ballot harvesting’ claims

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Trump calls for investigation into Rep. Omar over ‘ballot harvesting’ claims

September 28, 2020 | 8:05am | Updated September 28, 2020 | 10:34am

President Trump has called for an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar for alleged “ballot harvesting” in Minnesota.

“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???,” the president tweeted early Monday.

“We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!,” he continued.

The president was referring to a report from Project Veritas that implicates progressive “Squad” member Omar in an alleged cash-for-ballots scheme to gather absentee ballots illegally from Somali immigrants.

In a video posted by Project Veritas late Sunday, Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Council member Jamal Osman, is shown with ballots filling his car’s dashboard.

“Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman,” Mohamed says in the video posted on July 1, according to the report. “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. … Look, all these are for Jamal Osman.”

“Ballot harvesting” is illegal in most states, and Minnesota law allows a third party to collect no more than three ballots.

Omar Jamal, a Minneapolis community leader, implicated the Democratic congresswoman, 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.

A voter fills out their ballot at the Beltrami County Administration building in Bemidji, Minnesota
A voter fills out their ballot at the Beltrami County administration building in Bemidji, Minnesota.Getty Images

Mohamed accused Project Veritas of doctoring the video to take his comments out of context.

Rep. Omar posted a tweet shortly after midnight that linked to Trump’s calling for an investigation.

It included a video of a game show contestant unveiling a card showing $750, a reference to a New York Times report that said the president paid that amount in federal income tax in 2016.

Trump has warned that allowing millions of Americans to vote by mail this November would result in rampant fraud and taint the election results.

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