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Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce amid affair accusations that sparked FEC complaint

A DC-based doctor claimed her husband admitted to a romantic relationship with Omar

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Controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has filed for divorce from her husband a little more than one month after a Washington, D.C., divorce filing alleged she was having an affair with Tim Mynett, a political consultant working for her campaign.

Omar officially filed for divorce from her husband Ahmed Hirsi on Friday in a Minnesota court, TMZ first reported.

In her reason for ending the marriage, Omar cited a "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship," court documents obtained said.

Omar's attorney, Jaime Driggs, said in a statement:

Ilhan has filed for divorce from her husband Ahmed. As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a difficult time for their family. For years, Ilhan and Ahmed have been the object of speculation and inuendo from political opponents and the media. This has taken a significant toll on Ilhan, Ahmed, and their three children.

Just like any other family navigating this kind of transition, Ilhan wishes to have their privacy respected for themselves and their children and will not be commenting any further.

The news comes after the New York Post reported in late August that D.C.-based doctor Beth Mynett had filed for divorce from her husband, Tim Mynett, alleging that he had admitted to an affair with Omar and declared his love for the Democratic lawmaker.

Beth Mynett's divorce filing alleged that her husband was spending an inordinate amount of time with Omar that appeared to be more "related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments."

Tim Mynett denied the allegations.

For her part, Omar refused to answer questions about the news. When asked by a WCCO-TV reporter in August whether she was separated from her husband, or if she was dating someone, Omar became defensive.

"No, I am not," Omar said. "And like 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."

However, Hirsi reportedly demanded a divorce last month in response to news of wife's alleged affair.

The alleged affair also sparked a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that claims she used campaign funds to pay for the affair. Her campaign has paid Mynett's political consulting firm, E. Street Group, LLC, more than $200,000 since 2018.

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