Minneapolis police are investigating allegations by right-wing activist group Project Veritas that individuals tied to reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Was involved in illegal pre-election elections.
“We are in the process of examining the validity of these statements,” a department statement read Monday. “There is no further information at this time regarding this.”
Project Veritas’ latest video turned on social media when it came a few weeks before a presidential election that is expected to see an increase in absenteeism or mail-in voting. In Minnesota, the issue is subject to legal scrutiny as Republicans and Democrats fought for a measure that would limit the number of votes a third party could hold for others.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the state Supreme Court recently allowed to vote to go without a three-person limit on the number of votes a single person can collect.
President Trump has already called on the Justice Department to investigate the allegations, which include allegations of a cash-to-vote system.
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“This is completely illegal,” Trump said Sunday, linking to an article on the subject. “Hope the American lawyer in Minnesota has this, and others of her many misdemeanors, under serious scrutiny ??? If not, why not ??? We win Minnesota because of her and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range! “
Omar responded Monday by spotting Trump over a New York Times report revealing how in 2016 he paid $ 750 in income tax.
PV claims that a community leader, Omar Jarmal, whistled over the alleged corruption of the Minnesota congresswoman.
“It’s an open secret,” he said. “she [Omar] will do everything she can to get elected and she has hundreds of people on the street who do. ”
The survey pretends to show a pollster claiming he received money to get ballots. It also highlights an alleged harvesting machine that boasts the number of votes he has collected for a local official.
Project Veritas, which has a history of doctoral videos, questionable campaigns and sting operations that reveal nothing, also claims to have spoken to a former campaign worker who stated that Omar’s team paid voters for ballots.
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According to Newsweek, Omar’s senior communications director Jeremy Slevin blew up the investigation as an attempt to delegitimize the election.
“The amount of truth to this story equals the amount that Donald Trump paid in taxes on ten out of the last fifteen years: zero. And reinforcing a coordinated right-wing campaign to delegitimize a free and fair election this fall undermines our democracy, “he said.