Ilhan Omar divorces husband just a month after filing petition citing 'irretrievable breakdown' of marriage
The divorce comes months after a Washington, D.C., woman accused the Democratic congresswoman of having an affair with her husband.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has officially divorced from her husband in Minnesota, just a month after she filed a petition saying there was an "irretrievable breakdown" in their marriage.
Omar and Ahmed Hirsi had been married since January 2018 but were longtime partners. Omar says Hirsi is the father of her three children.
The marriage was dissolved Tuesday after paperwork was signed by court personnel. The divorce comes months after a Washington, D.C., woman accused the Democratic congresswoman of having an affair with her husband.
When Omar was asked at the time whether she was separated from Hirsi or dating someone, she told WCCO-TV, "No, I am not." She has since declined to discuss her personal life.
Omar's attorney, Jaime Driggs, says Omar's grateful she and Hirsi reached a resolution for the sake of their children.
An attorney for Hirsi didn't respond to a request for comment.
Omar has been dogged by questions about her personal life since she first ran for state representative in 2016, with some conservatives alleging she was married to two men at once and that one of them was her brother — claims she called "disgusting lies."
The claim that Omar married her brother was repeated by President Donald Trump, who has made Omar a frequent target of attacks on Twitter and in public, including at a rally in which he said Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen of color should "go back" to their home countries. All four women are U.S. citizens, and Omar is the only one who wasn't born in the U.S.
Aside from a period of separation during which Omar was married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, Omar has been with Hirsi for years and she says he is the father of her three children.
Marriage license and divorce records show Omar legally married Hirsi last year after her divorce from Elmi was finalized.
Beth Mynett, the Washington woman who filed for divorce in August, claimed Omar had an affair with her husband, Tim Mynett, who has worked as a political consultant for Omar.
In his own court papers, Tim Mynett denied his wife's assertion that he told her he was in love with Omar and that he was ending his marriage for the congresswoman.
Omar's divorce petition was first reported by TMZ.