Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is reportedly thinking about stepping down as Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee to focus on his current bid to become Minnesota’s next Attorney General.
The announcement comes even as Ellison continues to refute domestic abuse allegations brought against him by former girlfriend Karen Monahan.
“I need to put 100% of my time, energy and resources into the race and my office, so it is something I am taking into consideration,” Ellison told radio station WCCO.
Ellison did not say if the allegations against him would influence his decision.
Monahan has accused the congressman of cursing at her as he dragged her off of a bed by a feet. Monahan’s son, Austin, claimed that he saw a video showing the incident.
Ellison said that the video “couldn’t possibly exist because what is alleged didn’t happen.”
Meanwhile, an independent investigation requested by the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said that it was not able to “substantiate” the allegations against Ellison.
“The investigation report, which was released today without our knowledge by someone outside of our organization, was unable to substantiate the claim of physical abuse made by Ms. Monahan,” DFL Chair Ken Martin said earlier this week according to NBC.
The party referred the incident to the authorities, but the Minneapolis Police Department declined to investigate due to a conflict of interest, and is now looking into referring the case to other agencies, according to CNN.
Ellison has asked for the House Ethics Committee to investigate the claims against him.
“I want to be transparent, I want to be cooperative. I didn’t do these things that my ex-girlfriend accused me of, so I just want to make sure we get to the bottom of it and I hope to clear my name as soon as possible,” Ellison told the news station.
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