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Ilhan Omar and lover Tim Mynett seen wearing rings on wedding fingers as they dine privately in DC restaurant

The couple did not hold hands in public or exhibit any outward signs of affection while they were out
UPDATED MAR 19, 2020
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, months after her divorce from Ahmed Hirsi — father of her three children — appears to have gone public with her affair with Tim Mynett, her campaign's chief fundraiser. The couple was pictured as they went out and about in Minneapolis and Washington DC. The pair, who filed their separate divorces last year, was also spotted wearing rings on their wedding fingers. 

Omar divorced Hirsi in October amid rumors that the Minnesota Congresswoman had an affair with the DC-based political consultant. Hirsi reportedly was determined to officially separate from Omar after it was revealed in a bombshell court filing that she had an affair with Mynett. 

Omar and Mynett attempted to avoid public gaze as they dined in the private room at the back of a DC restaurant rather than on the main floor. The couple did not hold hands in public or exhibit any outward signs of affection while they were out. 

The duo made their first public appearance after their divorce on February 18, when they were spotted dining together at a Somali restaurant in Minneapolis called Safari. A fellow diner, while talking to the Daily Mail, said of the couple: "They were sitting very close together."

The couple was also seen days later on February 21 as they walked out of a Cub Supermarket on Lagoon Avenue in The Mill City. 

(L-R) U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)

In the early afternoon of March 5 in Washington D.C., an aide drove Omar to Mynett's WeWork office where she stayed for a few hours. Mynett then took his black Nissan Pathfinder and drove Omar to Café 8, a Turkish-themed Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar, where they spent over two hours dining in a private room.

The outlet first reported the couple's affair last year after it obtained a video of Omar and Mynett leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles after the congresswoman had delivered a speech. The pair were reportedly holding hands at the time as they walked out of Caffe Pinguini in Playa Del Rey. 

A man, who filmed them on his phone, told the outlet: "He seemed very protective of her, it was not a random person. It just felt to me like they were close." It was also reported that shortly after this incident, Omar's husband had made a surprised visit to her previous apartment in Washington nearly a year ago where he found her and Mynett in their pajamas. 

'It wasn't that he actually caught them in bed but they were clearly in a romantic situation,' a Somali source told the outlet.