Sen. Raphael Warnock’s (R-GA) ex-wife Ouleye Ndoye asked a court to bring her husband in for questioning as the former couple’s heated child custody battle rages on.
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The court filing, obtained last week by The Washington Free Beacon, is the latest development in the case since the judge filed a temporary custody order in August.
Ndoye has accused the congressman of not showing up to scheduled visits with his children and failing to provide adequate financial support. Her initial complaint to the court was that Warnock “refused to reimburse [her] for child care expenses for the children” and left her “financially strapped” despite the fact his financial situation had improved since becoming a senator.
Although the majority of income stems from book deals and payments from outside employers, Warnock’s income has more than doubled since joining the Senate.
Ndoye’s legal team is now authorized to grill Warnock with questions in a private deposition to be held on January 18, days after the next Senate session commences. This could provide her lawyers with vital information to serve as leverage regardless of whether the case is settled out of court or goes to trial.
Warnock’s divorce and ensuing custody battle remained in the spotlight throughout his midterm campaign. Challenger Herschel Walker (R-GA) ran attack ads featuring police footage of Ndoye accusing her ex of intentionally hitting her with his car, a claim fervently denied by the senator.
In June, Warnock asked a judge to seal the entire case on grounds that Walker might use the case to “gain some political advantage.” This latest filing might wind up haunting Warnock as any negative press could give Walker the needed momentum to get across the goal line on December 6, runoff day.