Rep. Ilhan Omar Files for Divorce After Denying She Was Separated From Husband

October 7, 2019 Updated: October 7, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) filed for divorce from her husband about five weeks after denying reports she was separated from her partner and was having an affair with a married man.

“Are you separated from your husband? Are you dating somebody?” Omar was asked in late August.

“No, I am not,” she replied.

Omar filed for divorce from Ahmed Hirsi on Oct. 4, according to the New York Post.

Omar’s love life has long been a source of contention after reporters found evidence indicating she may have married her own brother in an alleged marriage fraud scheme.

The issue came under fresh scrunity after a Washington woman said in late August as she filed for divorce that her husband had an affair with Omar.

Dr. Beth Mynett said that her husband, Tim Mynett, informed her in April that he was in love with Omar and was having an affair with the congresswoman.

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, has 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.

Tim Mynett is a partner with E. Street Consulting, which was paid nearly $223,000 since Aug. 2018 by Omar’s campaign, according to federal records. Her campaign also paid Tim Mynett $7,000 on July 11, 2018.

“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, who serves as a U.S. representative from Minnesota,” according to the divorce filing. “Defendant’s more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Representative Omar than with his actual work commitments.”

Amal Sabrie, left, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), third from left, and Ahmed Hirsi, second from right, in a 2018 file photograph with Omar’s children in New York City. ( (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Tim Mynett later denied the affair, claiming that his wife is trying to derail his career.

“Since the time of Mr. Mynett’s departure from the marital home, Ms. Mynett began a negative campaign against Mr. Mynett, seemingly in an effort to ruin his career and permanently damage his relationship with William and his step-daughter,” the court papers he filed stated.

“Mr. Mynett denies that he told Ms. Mynett he was leaving the marriage for Representative Ilhan Omar (‘Rep. Omar’) or that he was in love with her.”

Amid questions about her marriages, Omar released a timeline in 2016 years ago detailing what she said transpired between her and two different men.

Omar and Hirsi were married in 2002 in what they described as a religious ceremony before splitting in 2008, she said.

She married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 and was legally married to him until 2017. She then married Hirsi in 2018.

Omar and Hirsi filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015. She was ordered this year to repay thousands of dollars for violating campaign finance laws earlier this year.

Omar has not responded to requests for comment from The Epoch Times.

The congresswoman released a statement along with the timeline, saying, “Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive.”

She said the timeline of her marriages that she offered was for “clarity” and that she hoped “we can put these rumors to rest.”

Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber
RECOMMENDED