Did they look at the second woman with the 911 call report?
Via Star Tribune:
The Minnesota DFL on Monday referred an internal report on a domestic abuse claim against Keith Ellison to local authorities for further investigation, after an attorney hired by the party found the claim could not be substantiated.
The decision promises to keep alive lingering allegations against the Democratic candidate for attorney general, who has denied that he tried to drag a former girlfriend off a bed by her legs and feet during a fight in 2016.
“For the purpose of objectivity and getting all of the facts regarding these allegations, we have decided to forward the information in the investigation to local authorities in order to let them review the contents and determine whether further investigation is warranted,” read a statement released Monday afternoon by Ken Martin, the chairman of the DFL.
The party declined to release the report produced by Susan Ellingstad, a Minneapolis attorney it hired to conduct the investigation. Martin through a party spokesman declined a follow-up interview request, and Ellingstad did not return a call seeking comment.
Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said she received an e-mail late Monday afternoon from the firm tasked with carrying out the investigation. Because Ellison’s son, Jeremiah Ellison, is a Minneapolis City Council member, Segal said she would not be reviewing any materials provided.
“I will be in communication to find a different prosecutor’s office to forward the e-mail and attachment for a response, whatever that may be,” Segal wrote in an e-mail.
In a statement Monday, Ellison described the probe as a “thorough, independent and fair review” and sought to pivot back to discussing “the issues of this important election.” The allegations have loomed over Ellison’s bid to be the state’s chief legal officer since they surfaced in August, days before the state’s primary.
“Addressing this allegation has been especially challenging given the important national moment we are in,” Ellison said. “I believe women who come forward must be heard, and to have their allegations fully investigated. This is why I have complied with this investigation fully, and will do so with any other inquiries. I thank the Minnesota DFL for taking this issue seriously and requesting this investigation.”
His Republican opponent, Doug Wardlow, called the report a “sham.”