Ilhan Omar Accused of Having Affair With Married Man and Funneling Campaign Funds to Him

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 27, 2019 Updated: August 27, 2019

A Washington woman said in divorce papers that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had an affair with her husband, leading to the man leaving his wife.

Dr. Beth Mynett said that her husband, Tim Mynett, informed her in April that he was having an affair with Omar, who is married to her second husband, and that he loved the other woman.

Beth Mynett said in the court filing, which was submitted in D.C. Superior Court on Aug. 27 and obtained by the New York Post, that he soon left her altogether.

Beth Mynett, 55, who graduated from the University of Arizona, has worked for the Mayo Clinic, and currently works as medical director for the D.C. Department of Corrections, shares a 13-year-old son with her husband, 38. According to property records, they co-own a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 15th St. NW in Washington.

“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 court papers state, the Post reported. “Defendant met Rep. Omar while working for her. Although devastated by the betrayal and deceit that preceded his abrupt declaration, Plaintiff told Defendant that she loved him, and was willing to fight for the marriage.”

“Defendant, however, told her that was not an option for him’’ and moved out the next day, the papers stated. “It is clear to Plaintiff that her marriage to Defendant is over and that there is no hope of reconciliation.”

The papers said the Mynetts lived together since 2006 and got married in 2012.

Tim Mynett, a political consultant, has worked for Omar and her predecessor, Keith Ellison. His company, E. Street Group, has been paid tens of thousands of dollars for consulting, travel expenses, and other expenditures since Aug. 2018, Federal Election Committee records show.

Pictures from March published by the Daily Mail in late July showed Omar and Mynett together, including one instance where they were joined by her eldest daughter. A diner at a restaurant in California told the outlet that a waiter claimed to him that Omar and the man were holding hands while inside.

The man said he approached the couple outside the establishment and that Mynett “seemed very protective of her.”

Representative for Minnesota Ilhan Omar
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is seen in the audience ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 5, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

“It was not a random person. It just felt to me like they were close,” the man said.

The outlet also reported that Omar left her husband Ahmed Hirsi, who she married in 2002 and got divorced from in 2008 before getting back together with him and marrying in 2018. In between, she was married to another man, including when she filed joint tax returns with Hirsi in 2014 and 2015. She was ordered this year to repay thousands for violating campaign finance laws and multiple parties have called for probes into additional apparent violations.

“I can’t comment on that. I’m sorry, I just can’t say anything,” Hirsi told the Mail when asked about the reported separation.

Omar did not respond to requests for comment from the Mail or a request for comment by The Epoch Times. WCCO, a Minnesota broadcaster, said it asked Omar on Aug. 27 whether she is separated from Hirsi and she said she is not before declining to speak further on personal matters.

According to WCCO, there is a hearing on the Mynett divorce case in Oct. 7.

Beth Mynett, the Washington woman filing for divorce, said that her husband’s “extensive travel” with Omar means she should get primary physical custody of the son they share.

“Defendant’s more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments,” the court papers stated, according to the Post.

She accused Omar of entering the Mynett house after having dinner with her husband and her son while she was not there and accused her husband of putting “his son in harm’s way by taking him out in public with Rep. Omar,” who has received death threats along with an avalanche of media coverage due to her incendiary comments and repeated back-and-forth, along with her allies, with President Donald Trump.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.