Rep. Keith Ellison talks to reporters as he leaves a House Democratic caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in February 2018 in Washington, DC. Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general in Minnesota, announced on Wednesday that he was asking the House Ethics Committee to investigate abuse allegations against him, according to BuzzFeed News.
On Sunday, Sen. Mazie Hirono called for an investigation into the allegations. She joined a growing number of Democrats calling for a formal investigation.
Karen Monahan, a former girlfriend who lived with Ellison in 2015 and 2016, accused him in August of repeated verbal abuse and one instance in which he pulled her from a bed by her ankle and shouted at her. Monahan claims to have a video of the incident but will not release it, saying it is traumatic . Ellison, who is also the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has repeatedly denied the allegations.
“I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” Ellison said. “In addition to any House Ethics investigation, an independent investigation has been conducted by an independent attorney. I have complied fully with that investigation, the results of […]