Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and his estranged wife have settled their acrimonious divorce case, meaning that fellow GOP Rep. Darrell Issa won’t be deposed in the case.
Turner and his wife, Majida Mourad, have been locked in an ugly divorce fight since last May. The couple were married in Dec. 2015. Turner has been seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mourad — a wealthy lobbyist and former congressional aide — as part of a divorce settlement.
POLITICO reported last month that Turner handed Issa a letter from Turner’s attorneys stating they would like to depose the California Republican as part of the case. There had been speculation for months on Capitol Hill about Issa’s alleged role in the breakup of Turner’s marriage, but Issa denied any romantic relationship with Mourad.
“Majida Mourad and Congressman Michael Turner have come to a resolution of all matters between them, and wish each other the best in their future endeavors,” said a statement from lawyers for both sides. “Neither party will have any further comment and asks that their privacy in this matter be respected.”
No financial arrangements were disclosed by the attorneys.
The settlement ends what could have been an embarrassing situation for both lawmakers as well as House Republicans.
Issa insisted he had done nothing wrong and had never been involved with Mourad. Issa said the two have been friends for years and share Lebanese-American heritage.
“As far as I know she’s been completely faithful to her husband and you know, certainly I would have nothing to do with anything there,” Issa told ABC News. “She’s made the same denial, and now I understand that he’s not claiming that. In Ohio, you can claim infidelity. He didn’t.”