At the heart of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison's ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is a private hotel visit that Ellison is said to have paid Farrakhan, but which Ellison denies took place.
Farrakhan has said that Ellison and Democratic Indiana Rep. Andre Carson visited his Washington, D.C., hotel room in 2015 and they had a friendly meeting. "Both of them, when I was in Washington, visited my suite, and we sat down talking like you and I are talking," Farrakhan said in a 2016 Facebook video.
Carson has confirmed that he was at the meeting. Ellison, however, is saying he was never there.
Ellison hasn't been "in any meeting with [Farrakhan]" since he and Farrakhan both attended a dinner in 2013 that was hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, he said in a blog post Saturday.