Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress, claimed in divorce papers released Wednesday that he was the victim of domestic abuse.
The Daily Caller reported the congressman said his former wife, Kim Ellison, is not credible
“It was very humiliating to admit that I was a domestic abuse victim,” he wrote. “I need to talk about the respondent’s credibility. The respondent is not credible. She does not tell the truth. Throughout our marriage, she was physically abusive to me.”
Ellison, who also serves as vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, claimed his former wife “harassed female friends and colleagues on the phone and through texts – specifically, Batala McFarlane, Hiam Nawas, Karen Monahan.”
Two news organizations went to court to unseal the records amid a tight race for Minnesota attorney general.
Monahan also claims to be a victim of abuse by Ellison.
Ellison wrote that his former wife “stole my government issued cellphone and stole the SIM card from it.”
“She kicked me out of my home numerous times, both in the daytime and in the middle of the night,” he said.
“Running from her, I spent nights in hotels and friends’ homes,” he continued. “The respondent, on one occasion, locked me out of my DC apartment when I had one. When she finally allowed me back in, she pulled a knife out of the kitchen drawer and swore she was going to stab herself to death.”
It was the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Alpha News that sought the release of the records, which included Ellison’s claim that his former wife “has hit me too many times to mention.”
“At a family counseling session in 2009, I reported the respondent’s abuse to the therapist asked the respondent why she didn’t hit the children, but hit me,” he wrote.
He said she “bit my arm, which left a circular mark in the form of a bite.”
“Trayshana Thomas, a member of my staff, asked me about it. It was very humiliating to admit that I was a domestic abuse victim.”
Ellison has denied Monahan’s abuse claims, and his party has defended him.
But the Star Tribune and Alpha News argued that unsealing the records is a matter of public interest, and an appeals court agreed, Fox News reported.
Ellison’s former wife said she wanted to keep the records sealed because they contain sensitive medical information. They reportedly include references to depression and a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Fox News said recent polls show Ellison in a dead heat with Republican Doug Wardlow.
And a poll found 40 percent of voters consider the domestic abuse allegations “a factor” in whether to vote for the Democrat.
Monahan has alleged emotional and physical abuse, including an incident in which she says he tried to drag her off a bed by her feet.
BizPacReview said: “And while the Democratic Party is eager to ‘believe survivors,’ as was seen during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process, the allegations against Ellison have effectively been neutralized after a state party investigation concluded that they could not be substantiated.
“As for Ellison, unlike Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, he feels he’s entitled to due process, as he carefully walks a #MeToo tightrope.”
WND reported that while Democratic leaders such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declared they “believe” Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, Monahan said she’s received no support from Democrats.
Instead, Democrats have threatened to isolate Monahan over the allegations against Ellison.
WND reported in August that Monahan, a former girlfriend, came forward alleging Ellison sent her threatening text messages and once screamed obscenities at her as he dragged her off a bed by her feet. Another former girlfriend, Amy Alexander, filed a police report in 2005 claiming Ellison pushed, shoved and verbally abused her, and had a lawyer intimidate and threaten her.
Ellison has insisted he “never behaved this way.”
Monahan sees a double standard in how Democrats treated accusations by Ford, which have been “categorically” and “emphatically” denied by Kavanaugh, who asserts he was not even at the party where Ford alleges the incident occurred.
Asked whether the Democratic Party believes women’s stories, Monahan tweeted: “No, they don’t.”
“I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party,” she said. “I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”
Monahan said four people, “including my supervisor at the time, stated that I came to them after and shared the exact story I shared publicly, I shared multiple text between me and Keith, where I discuss the abuse with him and much more.”
“As I said before, I knew I wouldn’t be believed.”