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GOP Senate candidate calls for state investigation of Ellison allegations

GOP Senate candidate calls for state investigation of Ellison allegations
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The Republican Senate nominee in Minnesota is calling for an "immediate" state investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), claiming the Minnesota attorney general's office is best equipped to conduct an "impartial" investigation.

"Recent calls for a congressional ethics investigation, made by Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonMinnesota Dems worry about Ellison allegations as state AG race tightens Republicans see silver linings in deep-blue states Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas MORE and echoed by my opponent, amount to nothing more than political cover," Karin Housley said in a statement. "Ellison will have left Congress by the time an investigation could be completed." 

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Housley added that the allegations "raise significant doubts about Keith Ellison’s fitness to serve as Minnesota’s chief legal officer." Ellison is running for Minnesota attorney general.

Multiple Republicans in recent weeks have evoked the allegations against Ellison to claim there is a double standard in how Democrats handle misconduct claims. The calls to investigate Ellison come as Democrats rallied around Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982.

Ellison's ex-wife, Karen Monahan, has claimed Ellison subjected her to emotional abuse, which she called "narcissist abuse," during their marriage. She also said Ellison once tried to forcefully pull her off of her bed while yelling expletives. Ellison has denied the account. 

Ellison at the end of September said he would ask the House Ethics Committee to investigate the domestic abuse claims against him.

“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 told BuzzFeed News on Sept. 26.