Sworn Florida Deposition Says Congresswoman Working for Qatar

 In Foreign, Politics

What will the mainstream news media do with this one? Nothing you say? The Jerusalem Post and several other media reported that a sworn Florida deposition by Canadian businessman Alan Bender in October accused Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of being a Qatari asset: working for them, receiving money, and passing along sensitive information that ended up in Iran.

If it wasn’t for our [Qatari] cash, Ilhan Omar would be just another black Somali refugee in America collecting welfare and serving tables on weekends.” Alan Bender testimony

The sworn Florida deposition 

Bender claims to have met with three top Qatari officials, one of whom was the Emir, the brother of Sheikh Khalid, who is the accused. The Jerusalem Post reported,

The deposition shows he further told the court that, during a 2017 meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Omar swore allegiance to him. At the time she was a junior state representative in Minnesota.

Omar was said to also have passed information to Qatar which was subsequently handed along to Iran, and was actively involved in recruiting other American politicians to likewise work for the west Asian Islamic country, Bender testified.

For her part, Omar denies the allegations. The original allegation was printed in Al-Arabiya, a media company in Dubai and funded by Saudi Arabia, which is one reason her spokesman claimed the accusation was untrue. They called the allegation, “outlandishly absurd” and stated that she has been targeted by such ‘conspiracy theories’ since she arrived in Congress.

The deposition by Alan Bender was read into the record in a Florida court case involving Sheikh Khalid Al-Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, who is accused of holding an American hostage, and ordering his American bodyguard to kill two people.

The deposition was verified by the Plaintiff’s attorney as correct according to i-24.

A Fellow at the Middle East forum, Oren Litwin stated:

“When elected officials choose to accept bribes from a foreign power that does not have their country’s interests at heart, they are allowing their greed to pervert American policy and even to destroy lives. This is particularly true when taking bribes from Qatar, which has a long history of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaida and other violent groups.

If Bender’s accusations are true, Rep. Omar’s offense is even worse. Bad enough to satisfy your personal greed by changing your own votes, or passing classified data, with all the contempt for your constituents that such corruption would imply. But to actively recruit other lawmakers to betray their voters and their country turns you from a mere participant in crime into a conspirator. The FBI must investigate thoroughly—if for no other reason than to remove the cloud of suspicion from Rep. Omar’s head if she is innocent.

The massive Qatari influence operation in the West is becoming more widely understood as time goes on. But we mostly know about the legal, public steps that Qatar has taken. If even small elements of Bender’s testimony are accurate, then there is a whole underworld of criminal corruption still to uncover. The lawsuit against Sheikh Khalid Al-Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family who is accused of mistreating American employees and even ordering them to commit murder, is an important first step.

Bender claims that Sheikh Khalid and his American company, KH Holdings, were important nodes in Qatar’s bribery network. Khalid is currently being kept in Qatar, away from American law enforcement, but his company’s dealings in the United States ought to be an open book to investigators. Any records that can be recovered from or about KH Holdings—money transfers, gifts of property, sponsored travel or vacations—may prove crucial in revealing the web of corruption that Bender alleges. And if public figures are proven to take foreign money to influence our policies, they belong in jail, not in office.” Oren Litwin

Omar has been accused of campaign finance issues from her inception as a Congresswoman. She was also accused of immigration fraud. And that’s just part of her track record since being elected to the House of Representatives. But this allegation needs to be seriously investigated…and by honest investigators who don’t have an agenda themselves. The sworn Florida deposition was verified – now let’s find out if the whole thing is true or not.

Featured photo: Ilhan Omar after she saw that she won the congressional election. Screenshot via Yahoo News

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