September 18, 2018 01:58 PM
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor and National Democratic Committee spokespersons confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the investigation into Keith Ellison over domestic abuse allegations remains active.
It's been one month since Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin announced their lawyers were investigating Ellison after his ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan stepped forward days before the primary election.
From day one, Ellison fully denied the allegations.
But when it comes to specifics about the investigation, party officials did not share any details.
"Democrats investigating a Democratic attorney general nominee, I wouldn't expect much," said University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs. "This looks like to me damage control, national and state Democratic Party are going through the steps of conducting an investigation but I don't think we should be holding our breath."
Days after the DFL announced the investigation in August, Ellison picked up the party's endorsement.
Ellison's Campaign issued this statement Monday Night to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS:
As you know, Congressman Ellison has said repeatedly that he is cooperating fully with that independent investigation. Congressman Ellison is focused on talking with voters throughout the state about the need to elect an Attorney General who will protect the rights of Minnesota families and be a champion for affordable health care, a fair economy, and equal opportunities for all.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Ellison's campaign about the term "independent investigation" used in their statement or the name of the lawyers being used, and they referred us to the state DFL party.
KSTP's email seeking further explanation and details from the state DFL had not been returned as of air time.
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After the story aired Monday at 10 p.m., Monahan shared with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS details of what she shared with the investigator.
Monahan said that she volunteered to participate in the investigation and that it is being conducted by a law firm.
In the last few weeks, Monahan said she and the investigator have spoken on the phone and in-person at her home. Monahan added that she provided text messages between her and Ellison, medical records from 2017, and notes from a therapist that she was seeing as well.
Monahan shared with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS a health care record from Park Nicollet from November 2017. Medical staff wrote, "She states that she was in a very stressful environment for years, emotional, and physical abuse by a partner with whom she is now separated. She did not have any physical injuries that required a physical examination in the past. She identifies the individual she was involved with as congressman Ellison, and she is worried about retribution if she identifies him publicly."
"The news is new for the public but I'm exhausted from the whole experience," Monahan said in a message. "I'm ready to move forward."
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Ellison's campaign about the new details provided by Monahan.
The campaign provided the following statement:
"Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being. This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false."
Updated: September 18, 2018 01:58 PM
Created: September 17, 2018 08:22 PM
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