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AOC Accuses Trump of ‘Tax Fraud’ Without Evidence to Justify Impeachment

Democrats are desperate to get rid of Trump, regardless of whether they have a good reason.

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A freshman member of Congress joined Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” Podcast on Sunday where she accused President Donald J. Trump of “tax fraud” without evidence in an attempt to justify his impeachment.

“I think you could reach in a bag and pull so many things out that are impeachable of this president. I support impeaching this president,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said.

When pressed on specifics, she mentioned the emoluments clause of the Constitutions, which federal appeals court judges have said do not apply to Trump. She proceeded to falter when asked to name more impeachable offenses. Instead of walking back her overzealous comments, she simply fabricated an impeachable offense – tax fraud.

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“For a second potential impeachable offense, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to ‘tax fraud.’ She later explained she was referring to indications that Trump has falsely deflated the value of his various properties in order to lower his property-tax payments,” Yahoo reported.

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The hosts of the podcasts did not ask her whether she had any hard evidence for this accusation. Rather, they let a freshman congresswoman accuse a sitting president of a felony without pushback.

The hosts – at their own peril – did ask for AOC for a third reason to impeach Trump, even after she fabricated the second.

She once again offered up speculation.

Quoting an anonymous “senior official” within the Trump administration, conspiracy theory network CNN reported that Trump offered a pardon to incoming Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan if McAleenan found himself in hot water for rejecting asylum seekers from crossing the border, which would be a violation of U.S. law.

Whether this conversation ever took place is unknown, and the White House denies the report.

But AOC still used it as a third reason to justify Trump’s impeachment.

In sum, the AOC case for impeachment is as follows: fake “tax fraud,” unprovable accusations of asking someone to potentially break the law, and the emoluments clause, which even federal judges do not think applies to Trump.


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Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships

Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’

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As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.

Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.

Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.

Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.

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It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.

Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.

Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.

An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.

Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.

Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.

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