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Mazie Hirono breaks Democrats’ silence on Ellison, says abuse charges ‘need to be investigated’

Sen. Mazie Hirono broke Sunday the Democratic Party’s silence on domestic-abuse allegations leveled a month ago against Rep. Keith Ellison, saying that they “need to be investigated.”

“As far as Keith Ellison, these allegations need to be investigated and appropriate action taken,” the Hawaii Democrat on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Her response came in response to questioning by CNN’s Jake Tapper on the party’s outrage over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by Christine Blasey Ford of attacking her 36 years ago when they were in high school.

“Wouldn’t the concern about Kavanaugh and Professor Ford be more credible if Democrats were also condemning similar charges against Democrats in their midst, including Congressman Ellison?” Mr. Tapper asked.

Mr. Ellison last month was accused by ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan of emotional and physical abuse during their relationship, which he has denied.

The Minnesota Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party has said it is investigating the accusations.

Mr. Ellison, deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is giving up his congressional seat to seek the Minnesota attorney general’s post.

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