Former NYPD commissioner: Ilhan Omar is 'infatuated with Al Qaeda'

Former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bernard Kerik called Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Minn.) “infatuated with al Qaeda” on Fox News Monday night.

Kerik told Fox’s Sean Hannity that Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, was addressing “a terrorist organization” when she spoke before the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March.

“She is infatuated with al Qaeda, with Hamas, Hezbollah,” Kerik said. “I personally think she should be removed from Congress. She should be voted out for sure, but she shouldn't be on the Foreign Relations Committee.” (Omar sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.)

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Kerik also accused Omar of asking a federal judge for “leniency for a convicted terrorist,” an apparent reference to a 2016 case when Omar, who had just won a state legislative seat, wrote to a district court judge that “a restorative approach to justice” would be a more effective deterrent to radicalization than “a long prison sentence” in the case of a Minnesota man convicted of attempting to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Kerik served as NYPD commissioner during the 9/11 terror attacks and was nominated as director of Homeland Security by then-President George W. Bush in 2004 at the recommendation of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).

But Kerik withdrew his nomination over revelations he had employed an undocumented immigrant. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to eight federal charges, including making false statements to the federal government and tax charges, and was sentenced to four years in federal prison, serving three.

In a March speech to CAIR resurfaced by conservatives last week, Omar said some people responded to the 9/11 attacks by being suspicious of all Muslims because “some people did something.”

Several conservatives have accused her of minimizing the attacks with her phrasing, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE, who tweeted a video of the terror attacks intercut with Omar’s speech. Omar has said death threats to her spiked after the tweet, and on Sunday House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAirline industry applauds Democrats for including aid in coronavirus relief package Democrats unveil scaled-down .2T coronavirus relief package Trump tax reveal roils presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) confirmed she had taken extra security measures to ensure Omar’s safety.