So much for #MeToo: Keith Ellison lawyer says abuse claim “unsubstantiated”

The women accusing Kavanaugh are supposed to be believed because they are women, according to Democrats.

But that standard apparently doesn’t hold true in Ellison’s case, who is deputy chairman of the DNC:

AP – An ex-girlfriend’s allegation that Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison once physically abused her could not be substantiated because she refused to provide video she said she had of the incident, an attorney hired to investigate the claims concluded in a draft report obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The report was compiled by Susan Ellingstad, a lawyer hired by Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to investigate the allegation against the Democratic congressman. Ellison, also deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has denied the allegations.

Karen Monahan alleged in August that Ellison dragged her off a bed by her feet while screaming obscenities at her in 2016. Monahan said she had video footage of the incident. She levied the allegation just days ahead of a crowded Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general that Ellison went on to win.

The state’s Democratic party launched an investigation into the claim. Democratic party chairman Ken Martin said last week he expected the investigation to conclude soon.

A draft report obtained by the AP notes Monahan’s shifting rationale for refusing to produce the video footage, including that it was lost, on a USB drive in storage or that it would be too embarrassing and traumatic to release. Ellingstad also wrote in her report that Monahan would not allow her to view the footage privately.

“An allegation standing alone is not necessarily sufficient to conclude that conduct occurred, particularly where the accusing party declines to produce supporting evidence that she herself asserts exists,” Ellingstad wrote. “She has thus repeatedly placed the existence of the video front and center to her allegations, but then has refused to disclose it.”

Neither Monahan nor Ellison’s campaign immediately responded to a request for comment. Andrew Parker, who Monahan retained as legal counsel, said he had not seen the report and declined to comment.

A state Democratic party spokesman did not immediately confirm the report’s authenticity Monday. The draft report obtained by the AP was not dated, but it notes Ellingstad she tried to reach Monahan on Sept. 26 to request a “final opportunity” to view the tape.

What I want to know is where are all the Democrats screaming for an FBI investigation into the claims against Ellison? Maybe Republicans should convene a hearing just to give Democrats the opportunity to ask Ellison if HE WANTS an FBI investigation into these accusations. And if he wants to get Don McGann on the phone in the White House to ask for one.

Maybe they want to find out if Ellison has a drinking problem while they’re at it.

UPDATE: I’m not sure why the AP didn’t mention this, but it’s worth noting that Ellison’s former girlfriend did put out medical records, but apparently she still isn’t to be believed by Democrats.

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