The Jerusalem Post is reporting that according to sworn testimony, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar acted as a foreign agent providing sensitive information to Iran.
Kuwati-born Canadian businessman Alan Bender told a Florida court that Omar “received funding from a foreign government, and passed sensitive information through intermediaries to Iran.” Bender was testifying in the trial of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani.
Speaking from Toronto by video link, Bender told the Florida District Court that he met with Qatar’s Secretary to the Emir for Security Affairs Mohammad bin Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Masnad and two other senior Qatari officials.
According to his sworn deposition, the three officials told him: “If it wasn’t for our cash, Ilhan Omar would be just another black Somali refugee in America collecting welfare and serving tables on weekends.”
Bender testified that the officials asked him to recruit American politicians and journalists as Qatari assets, and that when he objected, was told that several prominent figures were already on the payroll. Omar was described as the “jewel in the crown,” he said.
Qatar “recruited Ilhan Omar from even way before she thought about becoming a government official… They groomed her and arranged the foundation, the grounds, for her to get into politics way before she even showed interest. They convinced her,” he added.
Omar’s spokesperson denied the allegations, telling the outlet that the testimony was an “outlandishly absurd story.”
“The only people Rep. Omar represents in Washington are the people of Minnesota’s 5th District. She will continue to speak out against human rights violations around the world—whether it is war crimes in Yemen or the caging of children at our border—regardless of who commits them.”