An abuse allegation against Democratic candidate for Attorney General Keith Ellison is unsubstantiated–according to a new report from a DFL-initiated investigation. In August, Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, accused him of dragging her off a bed by her feet and shouting obscenities in 2016. Soon after the allegations were made, the DFL hired a law firm to conduct an investigation. Monahan has claimed to have video of the incident, but the investigation report notes that Monahan has offered multiple explanations as to why she won’t release the video and concludes that “the allegation is unsubstantiated.” D-F-L Chair Ken Martin says the information in the report was released today without the party’s knowledge and has been forwarded onto local authorities for further review. Ellison’s opponent for Attorney General, Doug Wardlow, calls the investigation “a sham” led by the DFL. Here is a statement from Ellison on the report:
“I understand that Susan Ellingstad’s independent investigation has found the allegation against me by my former partner unsubstantiated. I want to thank Ms. Ellingstad for conducting this thorough, independent, and fair review, and I thank everyone who spoke with her for participating.
“Addressing this allegation has been especially challenging given the important national moment we are in. I believe women who come forward must be heard, and to have their allegations fully investigated. This is why I have complied with this investigation fully, and will do so with any other inquiries. I thank the Minnesota DFL for taking this issue seriously and requesting this investigation.
“At this time, I will be focusing on the issues of this important election. There is a very clear choice in this race. As Attorney General, I will stand up for affordable health care, a fair economy, and opportunity for all.”