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Congressman Tim Murphy Admits To Having Extramarital Affair

Charles Dharapak
In this June 1, 2011 file photo, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. On Wednesday, the Post-Gazette confirmed that Murphy had been having an affair with "a personal friend."

Republican Rep. Tim Murphy is confirming he had an extramarital affair with a personal friend, a relationship that became public as part of another couple's divorce proceedings.

The congressman issued a statement Wednesday through his lawyer saying the affair took place last year and it's "nobody's fault but my own."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the disclosure came after the newspaper obtained a court order to unseal the other couple's divorce action.

A judge ruled Murphy must submit to a deposition in the divorce case by the end of September.

The 64-year-old congressman represents parts of suburban Pittsburgh, including Upper St. Clair, and is in his eighth term. He is a practicing psychologist and commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

His congressional spokeswoman referred questions to his lawyer, who didn't immediately return messages.