Cops investigate reports Ilhan Omar supporters 'harvested Democrat votes'
29th September 2020

POLICE are investigating claims supporters of Dem Ilhan Omar fraudulently harvested votes.

An investigation has been launched after Project Veritas – a right-leaning activist group – released video allegedly showing pro-Omar Liban Mohamed bragging about collecting hundreds of absent voter ballots.

In the state of Minneapolis collecting absentee ballots on behalf of those unable to make it to the polling station or vote via mail is legal, but collectors are restricted to just 3 ballots.

In the video Mohamed can be heard saying in a language reported to be Somali: "All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these; my car is full.

"Just today we got 300 ballots for Jamal Osman."

In the video, the man can be seen leafing through piles of white slips on his dashboard.

City Councilman Jamal Osman is the brother of the man in the video, and a whistle-blower – Somali political operative Omar Jamal – claims the incident is linked to Congresswoman Omar.

There is no direct evidence of a link to the Somali-born congresswoman.

Cops confirmed they were looking into the claims tweeting: "The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting.

"We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements. No further information is available at this time on this."

It comes after Donald Trump called on the US attorney in Minnesota to investigate Rep. Ilhan Omar amid unverified claims of ballot harvesting in the state.

Taking to twitter following the reports, Trump wrote: "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???

"We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement."

Minnesota is thought to be a key swing state in the upcoming November election.

The report also includes claims from an anonymous former political worker that Omar's campaign paid people for their ballots ahead of last month's primary in Minnesota.

“Cash, cash, cash. They were carrying bags of money," the woman says.

"When you vote and they mark you off, then you get in the van, they give you the cash.”

Paying someone to vote is illegal under US federal law.

A spokesperson for Ms Omar said: "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."

And Mohamed tweeted the claims were "fake news".

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