Keith Ellison

Probe finds abuse allegations against Keith Ellison "unsubstantiated"

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Allegations leveled against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison by an ex-girlfriend that he once physically abused her could not be substantiated after she refused to provide video of the alleged incident, the AP reports, citing a draft report of a probe it obtained Monday.

Why it matters: The allegations, which Ellison has strongly denied, have clouded his bid for Minnesota attorney general, but the report, compiled by an attorney hired by Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to probe the incident could ease Democratic concerns about the close race.

Obama's second wave of 2018 midterm election endorsements

Barack Obama after a rally in Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama announced another round of endorsements Monday ahead of next month's midterm elections, lending his support to an additional 260 candidates.

Between the lines: This round "focused on close races ... state legislative and/or statewide races that are redistricting priorities; ... and building a pipeline of diverse talent and elevating the next generation of leaders within the Democratic Party."