Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has officially filed for divorce from her second husband months after allegations surfaced that the first-term lawmaker became embroiled in an extramarital affair with a political consultant.
The Daily Wire’s Molly Prince has more:
“There has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship,” according to court records filed in the state of Minnesota. Omar is seeking “joint legal and physical custody” of the couple’s three children, all of whom are minors, as she separates from her husband of just one year, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi.
The freshman congresswoman and Hirsi were married in a religious ceremony in 2002, but separated in 2008. However, the duo legally married a decade later, in 2018.
Omar, a Somali refugee to the Minneapolis area, has been embroiled in allegations of committing immigration fraud by marrying her own brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, in an attempt to facilitate his acquisition of United States citizenship. Omar legally married Elmi, a British citizen, in early 2009, and reportedly religiously divorced him in 2011. However, it wasn’t until 2017 that Omar and Elmi obtained a legal divorce — Omar and Hirsi were legally married only a month later.
Minnesota campaign finance officials revealed in June that Omar and Hirsi jointly filed their taxes together in both 2014 and 2015, which is prohibited under federal law since she was legally married to Elmi at that time. Omar and Hirsi were allegedly still living together throughout the entirety of Omar’s marriage to Elmi.
Omar’s divorce comes two months after allegations of her affair with Tim Mynett, a married political consultant, became public.
Mynett and his firm received roughly $230,000 from Omar’s re-election campaign for fundraising, digital communications, internet ads, and per diem expenses.