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Feinstein, other Dems largely silent on abuse claims against Keith Ellison

As top Democrats speak out on sexual misconduct claims against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, they’ve been largely silent on physical and verbal harassment claims against one of their own: Rep. Keith Ellison, a top Democratic National Committee (DNC) official.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed earlier this month she knew of the initial accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman in the early 1980s, when he and the accuser were teenagers. Feinstein, D-Calif., called for an immediate postponement of the Kavanaugh nomination process Sunday night after another woman publicly claimed he harassed her. Feinstein said the serious allegations deserve a “fair, independent” investigation from the FBI.

Kavanaugh has denied both accusers’ claims strongly.

Meanwhile, Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, on Sunday claimed there’s been a smear campaign against her to help her husband. Last week, she said many Democrats haven’t believed her claims: “I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party.”

Asked for comment on the accusations against Ellison, Feinstein’s office did not respond.

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Feinstein, other Dems largely silent on abuse claims against Keith Ellison

Feinstein, other Dems largely silent on abuse claims against Keith Ellison