U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison asks for House Ethics investigation of abuse allegation

- U.S. Representative Keith Ellison said he is requesting a House Ethics Committee investigation into the allegation of physical abuse from an ex-girlfriend.

Karen Monahan alleged Ellison dragged her off a bed by her feet in 2016 while screaming obscenities. Ellison has denied the allegations.

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is conducting their own investigation into the claims against Ellison, who is running for Minnesota Attorney General. DFL Chairman Ken Martin said Tuesday the investigation is expected to be completed and released soon.

Ellison said Monahan's allegation is unsubstantiated and he wants to move on. His spokesperson has confirmed the following statement, which was made to Buzzfeed: 

“Today I am announcing that I will submit a request for a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations against me raised by a former partner. I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” Ellison said. “In addition to any House Ethics investigation, an independent investigation has been conducted by an independent attorney. I have complied fully with that investigation, the results of which should be made public soon.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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