DFL Party Chair on Ellison Accuser: 'I Do Not Believe Her'

October 24, 2018 06:54 PM

For the past two months, DFL Party Chair Ken Martin has walked a tightrope when it comes to both supporting a woman's right to bring domestic abuse allegations against state Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison and also supporting the candidate.

On Wednesday, he again supported the right of Ellison's accuser, ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan, to be heard.

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"I support Karen bringing her allegations forward and I support there being an investigation into those," he said at a news conference at the State Capitol.

"That's how you change culture. Not brushing them under the rug, not discounting them."

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But when pressed by a reporter on whether or not he believes Monahan's allegations, Martin now says he does not.

"We took them seriously," he said of the allegations. "We conducted an outside, independent investigation, and that investigation showed we could not substantiate her claim of domestic abuse. And so I do not believe her, I believe our investigation."

Via email, Monahan's attorney Andrew Parker responded by saying the DFL investigation "was not objective, unbiased, or impartial..."

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He said the party ignored evidence he provided to them.

Monahan claims she has video of the alleged domestic abuse, but has so far refused to make it public.

Martin made his comments at a news conference he called to highlight donations Republican candidate Doug Wardlow received from the owners of a for-profit college accused of defrauding students on student loans.

Wardlow received about $24,000 from members of a family that owned Globe University and Minnesota School of Business. The schools were sued by current Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and were eventually forced to cease operations.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wardlow's campaign announced it would return the donations because of the litigation involving the schools.

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