Minnesota Democrats' self-described "independent" investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison is being handled by the party attorney's legal partner.
Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and nominee for Minnesota attorney general, is accused of physically and emotionally abusing his ex-girlfriend, liberal Sierra Club activist Karen Monahan. Ellison has repeatedly denied Monahan's accusations.
Minneapolis lawyer Susan Ellingstad took over the Ellison investigation from the state party's attorney following Ellison's primary victory in August, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin told the AP they hired Ellingstad to make sure the investigation "wouldn't be colored by people with associations with the party."