Ilhan Omar accused of having ties to ballot harvesting
The conservative group Project Veritas is accusing individuals with ties to Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) of engaging in ballot harvesting. The Minneapolis Police Department says it is currently investigating the claims.
“We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements,” a police spokesman said on Monday.
Project Veritas is famous for its undercover videos and the most recent video shows what appears to be Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Council member Jamal Osman, rifling through piles of ballots strewn across his dashboard.
“Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman,” says Mohamed. “I have 300 ballots in my car right now.”
Another video shows an individual selling his registration form to a ballot harvester for $200. Project Veritas says that a local community leader, Omar Jarmal, has exposed the Minnesota congresswoman’s involvement. They also claim that a former campaign worker indicated that Omar’s team paid voters for ballots.
“It’s an open secret,” Jarmal reportedly said. She [Omar] will do anything that she can do to get elected and she has hundreds of people on the streets doing that.”
President Donald Trump has already called on the Justice Department to investigate the claims, which include allegations of a cash-for-ballot scheme.
Project Veritas CEO James O’Keefe praised his organizations work to expose ballot harvesting.
“Our investigation into this ballot harvesting ring demonstrates clearly how these unscrupulous operators exploit the elderly and immigrant communities,” said O’Keefe.
Omar’s communications director Jeremy Slevin said the investigation is nothing more than an attempt to delegitimize the election.
“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. And amplifying a coordinated right-wing campaign to delegitimize a free and fair election this fall undermines our democracy,” Slevin said.
The new allegations come just five weeks before the November elections where potential voter fraud has become a major campaign issue. Trump has continually warned that the increased use of mail-in ballots across the country is setting the election up for fraud.
Early voting is already underway in several states across the country. Many states decided to expand voting options in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
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