A short, grainy video of two people leaving a restaurant might contain a clue as to why the marriage of left-wing congresswoman Ilhan Omar broke down.
The 12-second video, exclusively obtained by DailyMailTV, shows Omar and her companion a romantic, secluded Italian restaurant in California, the day after she made controversial comments in which she accused 9/11 of & # 39; someone doing something & # 39 ;.
She left Caffé Pinguini in Playa Del Rey, an enclave on the beach in Los Angeles, with a man who struggled not to have the couple photographed.
And DailyMailTV has learned that an eyewitness was watching Omar and her companion hand in hand while dining at the bistro.
& # 39; The bigger question is why they were in this specific restaurant & # 39 ;, said the man who took the video. You don't just stumble over Playa Del Rey on a cold Sunday evening in March.
& # 39; It's so out of the way. It's the kind of place you go to if you don't want anyone to know where you are. & # 39;
Ilhan Omar was spotted and left a secluded romantic Italian restaurant in Playa Del Rey outside of Los Angeles with a mysterious man at the end of March
Omar left Caffé Pinguini with this man, who made every effort to prevent the couple from being photographed on the Sunday evening
DailyMailTV has learned that an eyewitness was watching Omar and her companion hand in hand while dining at the bistro. Pictured: Omar can be seen in the black hijab and the red shirt in the restaurant
The mysterious man stopped the spectator from making a video of Omar and himself and raised his hand to block the camera
Last week, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Omar, 36, had left her husband Ahmed Hirsi (pictured together) – the father of her three children. She has moved to a luxury penthouse apartment in the trendy Mill District of Minneapolis
Omar did not respond to the request for comment from DailyMailTV.
Last week, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Omar, 36, had left her husband Ahmed Hirsi – the father of her three children. She has moved to a luxury penthouse apartment in the trendy Mill District of Minneapolis.
Her private life has become the subject of massive speculation in the midst of allegations that her second husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is in fact her brother and she only married him to get him into the United States.
She later divorced Elmi and remarried with Hirsi, but now that marriage is on its way to a second divorce.
Omar, 36, has refused to address her marriages, leading to criticism from political rivals and her newspaper in the city.
The video was taken on March 24 by a man who was angry with Omar's comments at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet in Woodland Hills last night. A friend had called to say that he had seen the Minnesota convention woman in Pinguini and he decided to go there and confront her.
& # 39; It's just a few miles from where I live and I didn't really know what to expect, & # 39; the man – who does not want to be identified because he works with different left-leaning Hollywood stars – told DailyMail.com.
When he arrived at the one-storey white-walled restaurant, he soon saw Omar and the man wearing glasses at a table in the back.
The video was taken on March 24 by a man who was angry with Omar's comments at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet in Woodland Hills last night. A friend had called to say that he had seen the Minnesota Congresswoman in Pinguini and he decided to go there and confront her
The man said the conversation remained cordial and he was surprised how handsome Omar was. & # 39; I realized that I would not get her to say something that would cause her more trouble, so I just kept it friendly. The man she was with, shook my hand at the end. He seemed very protective of her, it was not a random person. It just felt like they were close, & he said
& # 39; The bigger question is why they were in this specific restaurant & # 39 ;, said the man who took the video. & # 39; You are not just tripping over Playa Del Rey on a cold Sunday evening in March. It's so out of the way. It's the kind of place you go to if you don't want anyone to know where you are & # 39;
& # 39; I started pretending to take a take-out, & # 39; said the source. & # 39; I turned around and said to the waiter & # 39; & # 39; Is that who I think it is? & # 39; & # 39; And he said yes.
& # 39; He told me that he was angry with what she had said and continued to thank her unthinkingly that she was a refugee and should be glad the United States had taken her in.
& # 39; He told me they had held each other's hands in the restaurant, although I didn't see that myself. & # 39; Attempts by DailyMail.com to speak to the waiter were unsuccessful.
The man went outside and decided to wait on a couch and try to talk to Omar and her companion when they left.
When the couple came from Pinguini, they walked close together but did not touch each other. The man asked if he could have a few words with her and Omar's colleague told him to immediately put down his cell phone and place his hand in front of the lens.
& # 39; I was going to film while I asked her questions, but her husband asked me to turn off the phone and I agreed that it was the only way to get them talking. & # 39;
He said that he and Omar talked for about 10 minutes. & # 39; As a Jew, I asked her why she seemed to hate Jews and she said she didn't. When I asked her about Israel, she said there was hatred on both sides. & # 39;
The man said the conversation remained cordial and he was surprised how handsome Omar was. & # 39; I realized that I would not get her to say something that would cause her more trouble, so I just kept it friendly. The man she was with, shook my hand at the end.
& # 39; He seemed very protective of her, it was not a random person. It just felt like they were close.
& # 39; I hadn't been able to tell her anything explosive on the camera, so I just forgot until I saw that her marriage was over. Then I wondered if this man could be the reason behind it. & # 39;
Omar's private life has become the subject of massive speculation in the midst of allegations that her second husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi (right) is in fact her brother and she only married him to gain entry to the United States
Omar first married Hirsi in an Islamic ceremony in 2002 when she was 19, but six years later they reached & # 39; an impasse in our lives together & # 39; and they divorced. They reconciled in 2012, had their third and married in 2018
Omar's second husband, Elmi (photo), a British citizen, just two weeks after he entered the United States. He has been identified as her brother by many media, although due to a lack of data in their war-torn homeland that has not been fully proven
Omar's presence in Los Angeles had led to protests, but no one had followed her to Pinguini. & # 39; There were no fans, no demonstrators, no security details & # 39 ;, said the man who took the video.
Playa Del Rey borders the back of Los Angeles Airport and the man thinks that Omar would probably get a red eye when he spoke to her at 10 p.m.
But the area is also isolated from much of the rest of the city. It has the Pacific Ocean in the west, the airport in the south and the protected Ballona Wetlands in the north and east. Although it is crowded with beach visitors in the summer, it has few visitors in milder months.
Omar was in the middle of a fire storm the night she dined in Pinguini. She had praised CAIR the night before and said the & # 39; group was established after 9/11 because they recognized that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties & # 39; In fact, CAIR was established in 1994.
Timeline of the two marriages of Omar:
1997: Omar and her family settle in Minnesota after fleeing war-torn Somalia
2002: She marries Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi during a religious ceremony, but it is not legally recognized. The couple has two children.
2008: She and Hirsi divorce. Because marriage has never been recognized by law, neither is divorce
2009: Omar marries Ahmed Elmi in Minneapolis
2010: He enrols at North Dakota State University to study visual arts and lives with Omar and her first husband
2011: Omar claims that she and Elmi broke up this year and returned to the UK. She reconciles with Hirsi
2012: Omar and Hirsi have their third child.
Elmi is still in the US according to university officials and social media
2013: Elmi starts working in London
2017: Omar divorces Elmi
2018: Omar marries Hirsi in a civil ceremony
2018: The marriage was raised during the Omar conference campaign
She denies it and it is largely ignored because of the lack of evidence around it
July 2019: President Trump throws the rumor back into the spotlight
Critics immediately called Omar away and said her comments had trivialized the horrors of 9/11. She had gotten into trouble earlier after tweeting about the pro-Israeli group AIPAC who said: & it's all about the Benjamins, darling & # 39 ;, who was seen as playing in the anti-Semitic gang that Jews are more to give money than to principles.
She apologized & # 39; unambiguously & # 39; for that comment, but then claimed that many American Jews & # 39; are loyal to another country & # 39 ;, a statement that they did not withdraw.
President Donald Trump has often focused on Omar – a first-year congresswoman who won her Minneapolis district with 78% of the votes – for her views and for her close alliance with congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York.
In April, he broadcasted an edited version of her CAIR speech in which she emphasized that & # 39; some people did something & # 39 ;, and at a recent meeting in North Carolina, he remained silent while the crowd was several & # 39; Send her back & # 39; sang after he said her name.
Trump has also alluded to Omar's complicated marriage history. & # 39; There is much talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I don't know anything about it, & # 39; Trump told reporters in June.
Omar was born in Somalia in the Horn of Africa. She left her war-torn house when she was 8. She lived in a Kenyan refugee camp for four years before coming to the United States and settling in Minneapolis, the largest hub for Somali refugees in the country.
She first married Hirsi in an Islamic ceremony in 2002 when she was 19. Six years later, after two children, the couple said they had reached & an impasse in our lives together & # 39; and divorced.
The following year, Omar married Elmi, a British citizen, just two weeks after entering the United States. He has been identified as her brother by many media outlets, though due to a lack of data in their war-torn homeland, that has not been fully proven.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote in June that it & # 39; the claim that (Elmi) is Omar's brother or sister, could neither definitively confirm nor refute & # 39 ;. Politifact and another myth-busing website, Snopes, came to similar conclusions.
On their marriage request, they gave up their address as Columbia Heights, Minnesota, but they were married 25 miles down the road in Eden Prairie in an inconspicuous single-storey brick building that houses a county office and library.
The former couple shares three children together (l-r) Isra Hirsi, 16; Ilwad Hirsi, six, and Adnan Hirsi
Omar has now moved to a luxury penthouse apartment in a trendy part of the city. Pictured: view of the apartment
Omar lives in a three-bedroom apartment on the fourth floor, complete with movable granite island, built-in wine rack and stainless steel pot racks in the high-quality kitchen
Although both are Muslims, the ceremony was led by Wilecia Harris, a Christian pastor. & # 39; If they had gone to an imam, he would almost certainly have known if they were related to each other & # 39 ;, a Somali leader in Minnesota told DailyMail.com.
That marriage lasted only two years, but it was enough to have Elmi study at North Dakota State University alongside his new wife.
Records suggest that Omar, Elmi and Hirsi all lived together for at least part of that time.
Omar then had a third child with Hirsi in 2012 and filed a joint tax return in 2015, even though she was still legally married to Elmi.
She eventually divorced Elmi in 2017 and married the following year in a civil ceremony with Hirsi.
Now she has moved from the parental home to her fourth-floor apartment. The intercom system in the building mentions & # 39; Omar I & # 39; as a resident but did not mention Hirsi.
Omar has consistently refused to talk in detail about her marriage to Elmi or her tax returns, as a result of which the political editor of the Star Tribune attacked her because of her silence.
& # 39; What made it really hard is that she's not willing to answer any of these questions, & # 39; Kevin Diaz said Politifact. & # 39; That has sparked the controversy.
& # 39; We have quoted her extensively to say that these were just accusations, that they were unfair and that she should not have spoken to them.
& # 39; In any case, there was an undisputed case of her incorrect tax return – and if you are in Congress, you have to explain that to your voters. & # 39;
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