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The Latest: Ellison tries to move on after report on abuse

October 1, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the report from an attorney hired by the Democratic party on the allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison says he’s focusing on the issues in the Minnesota attorney general’s race after an attorney said she couldn’t substantiate physical abuse allegations from Ellison’s ex-girlfriend.

Karen Monahan accused Ellison in August of dragging her off a bed by her feet in 2016 while screaming obscenities. She claims to have video footage of the incident. The Democratic congressman denies the incident occurred.

Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor party hired an attorney from the same firm its top lawyer works at to investigate. Susan Ellingstad’s report obtained by The Associated Press Monday concluded the allegation was unsubstantiated because Monahan won’t provide video footage.

Ellison says it’s important that allegations of misconduct be investigated.

But others say the issue is far from settled. His Republican opponent, Doug Wardlow, called the investigation a “sham.”

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1:05 p.m.

A lawyer investigating a woman’s claim that she was physically abused by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison has concluded the allegation is unsubstantiated.

The Associated Press on Monday obtained a draft of the report by Susan Ellingstad, an attorney hired by Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to investigate the allegation.

Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, accused Ellison in August of dragging her off a bed by her feet in 2016 while screaming obscenities. She claims to have video footage of the incident. The Democratic congressman denies the incident occurred.

Ellingstad writes in her report that Monahan’s refusal to provide the video she says she has leads her “to conclude that the allegation is unsubstantiated.”

Ellingstad’s report also notes Monahan gave shifting explanations for why she won’t release the video.

Ellison is leaving Congress to run for Minnesota attorney general.

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