In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission, a woman claims that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) used campaign funds to pay for an affair with the woman's husband. Omar has denied that the affair ever occurred.
What are the accusations?
Filing on behalf of the woman, the National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint on Wednesday with the FEC, alleging that Omar used campaign funds to pay for political consultant Tim Mynett's travel. Mynett's estranged wife, Beth Mynett, claimed that her husband told her that he was "romantically involved and in love with" Omar.
The FEC will hold a hearing to address these accusations on Oct. 7.
The complaint claims that Omar's congressional campaign gave $7,000 specifically to Mynett, and another $22,547 to the E Street Group, LLC progressive consulting group where Mynett worked, for "travel expenses."
While the campaign openly used the E Street Group (as did three other Democratic congressional campaigns in 2018), the filing claimed that "[i]t appears that Respondent Mynett's travel as reported by Ilhan for Congress may have been unrelated, or only partially related, to Omar's campaign. If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett's LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett's romantic companionship, the expenditures must be considered personal in nature."
To back up these accusations, the NLPC provided publicly available records that prove that Omar's campaign did business with the E Street Group, along with Beth Mynett's petition for divorce, which includes her claim that her husband had admitted to this alleged affair.
Beth Mynett is also trying to get full custody of the couple's 13-year-old son.
What did Omar say?
On Tuesday, Omar denied the affair in an interview with WCCO-TV reporter Esme Murphy.
"No, I am not," she replied when asked if she was dating anyone in addition to her husband. "and like I have said yesterday, I have no interest in really allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue. And so I have no desire to discuss it."
She said she would prefer to focus on her "three beautiful little children," her family, and "doing the work that I feel I was destined to do."