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Political consultant denies affair with Rep. Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Updated: September 04, 2019 01:29 PM

A Washington, D.C., political consultant has denied any claims made by his estranged wife alleging that he was leaving the marriage for Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

According to documents obtained by KSTP, Tim Mynett also disputed allegations that his business benefited from a personal relationship with Omar. He is a Democratic fundraising consultant who works with the Minnesota Democrat.

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He filed a legal response Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court arguing against last week's divorce filing by his wife, who claimed he had showed a romantic relationship with Omar in April when the couple separated. 

"After Ms. Mynett confronted him about the unhappy nature of their marriage, he informed Ms. Mynett that his heart was no longer in the marriage," Tim Mynett's filing reads. It goes on to say "Mr. Mynett denies that he told Ms. Mynett he was leaving the marriage for Representative Ilhan Omar or that he was in love with her."

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When asked for comment regarding her alleged relationship with Mynett last week, Omar responded, "I have no interest on commenting on anything you are about to ask about my personal life."

Also in his new court filing, Tim Mynett acknowledged his wife's claim that he brought their 13-year-old son to a dinner with Omar, but said it was at "the request of their son." His estranged wife, Beth Mynett, had questioned her husband's judgement in the incident, which occurred while Omar was receiving death threats. 

Being a consultant to several current and former House Democrats, Mynett stated he had brought their son to dinner with many of his political clients.

The National Legal and Policy Center's complaint states Omar's campaign paid more than $200,000 to Mynett's company, with more than $20,000 of that going to travel expenses.

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"Mr. Mynett denies any allegation which characterizes his work-related travel as being related to the furtherance of a relationship with Rep. Omar," Tim Mynett's court filing read.

A scheduled hearing on the divorce filing will take place in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7.

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