Court Hears Omar is a Qatari Asset, Passed Information That Ended Up In Iran
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was both recruited and funded by a Middle Eastern government and gave information to Qatar that ultimately ended up in Iran, A Florida court has heard.
Kuwati-born Canadian businessman Alan Bender was testifying in the case of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani when he made the claims, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The Qatari emir’s brother stands accused of ordering his American bodyguard to murder two people, and of holding an American citizen hostage. His deposition, obtained by Al Arabiya English, was authenticated by the attorney for the plaintiffs, according to the publication.
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.
He claimed that the government of 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 said.
He said that in 2017 she had a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan where she swore her allegiance to him when she was a state representative.
“The best thing money can buy is American officials, because they are the cheapest of the cheapest-costing officials in the world,” he said Qatari officials said to him.
“Since the day she was elected, Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces have targeted Omar with misinformation and conspiracy theories,” a spokesman for Rep. Omar told The Post.
“The latest, outlandishly absurd story from a Saudi-funded media outlet is of course false and only the latest in that trend,” he said.
“The only people Rep. Omar represents in Washington are the people of Minnesota’s 5th District,” the statement said.
“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,” he said.
The testimony could be true or it could be false. But if this was an accusation against a prominent Republican you would see it on the national news.
But Rep. Omar is a member of The Squad and one of the most popular Democrats in Congress and the media has not touched it.
Jordan states it more forcefully than I did, but we’re virtually on the same page.— David Steinberg (@realDSteinberg) November 26, 2019
I’m as skeptical as can be of the Qatar/@IlhanMN story, based on my MN sources. @JordanSchachtel calls it 100% nonsense, presumably based on his excellent natsec sources. https://t.co/mTr0Fu1FSX