Ilhan Omar’s husband wants a divorce following reports of infidelity: Report

September 4, 2019

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s words often make headlines. But now, it’s the Democrat’s alleged actions that are in the news.

Omar has recently faced accusations that she had an affair with political consultant Tim Mynett — and now, the New York Post is reporting that the congresswoman’s husband wants a divorce. 

Deny, deny, deny

The story first came to light last week when a D.C. court filing from Beth Mynett said that her husband had left her for Omar.

“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the filing states.

On Aug, 27, Omar denied the affair and other reports alleging she had separated from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. “No, I am not,” Omar told a reporter who begged the question, according to Fox News. “As I said yesterday, I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue and so I have no desire to discuss it.”

Tim Mynett has also disputed the reports, claiming he’s the victim of vindictive smears by his estranged wife.

Money problems

But Omar hasn’t only found herself in marital trouble. News of the alleged affair has also brought questions of whether the congresswoman used her position to convey financial benefits to her alleged lover.

Since 2018, Omar’s campaign has paid a total of $230,000 to the E Street Group, a consulting firm of which Mr. Mynett is a partial owner, according to National Review. Over $160,000 of that total was spent in this year alone, Federal Election Commission (FEC) data shows.

What’s curious is that the campaign began paying the E Street Group for “travel expenses” on April 1 — just a week before Beth Mynett says that her husband announced he was involved with Omar. Thus far, the “expenses” have totaled more than $20,000.

Due for divorce?

For its part, the Post quoted a friend of the couple who said they were “surprised” that Hirsi hadn’t already moved to divorce Omar. The Post‘s source attributed Hirsi’s reluctance to concern for the couple’s children.

The Post also reports that Omar and Hirsi have been living apart since March, with Omar moving into a luxury condo. Her husband is said to be staying with friends as well as at the condo when Omar is in Washington.

Despite being wed in a religious ceremony almost two decades ago, Hirsi and Omar only legally married in 2017. Prior to that, she was married to a British man who some have alleged is actually her brother.

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Adam Peters

Adam Peters is a Conservative Institute staff writer.