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DNC Chair Perez Wants FBI Investigation for Kavanaugh, Not Ellison

Brett Kavanaugh and Keith Ellison have both faced accusations of assault in recent weeks. The DNC chair’s reaction to each case is very different.

By NTK Staff | 09.28.2018 @2:00pm

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez was forced to defend his top deputy, DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison, Friday during an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein.

Perez strongly supports Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. But complicating matters for Perez is the fact that Ellison also faces accusations of assault.

Karen Monahan, Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, came forward last month and alleged that Ellison physically and verbally abused her. The revelations were made public when Monahan’s son published them on Facebook. He wrote, in part:

“In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file. I found over 100 text and twitter messages and video almost 2 minutes long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a f — b — and telling her to get the f — out of his house.”

Ellison denies the allegation. He has been a congressman since 2007 and is currently running for attorney general in Minnesota. While some liberals have dodged the question about Ellison’s allegations, others have encouraged Democrats to distance themselves from him.

But given the close working relationship that Perez and Ellison have and Perez’s public statements about the Kavanaugh and Ford matter, his views regarding Ellison are pertinent and do not appear to be consistent.

“Why is he still the deputy chairman of the DNC?” Epstein asked Perez at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

Perez said allegations like those leveled against Ellison should be taken seriously and investigated. He noted that the Democratic Party in Minnesota is investigating the matter and that Ellison himself has called for a House Ethics Committee investigation.

Where he stops short, however, is asking law enforcement to get involved. That is a key distinction because of Senate Democrats’ demands that the FBI investigate Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh. Last week, the DNC tweeted that the Kavanaugh hearing should be delayed until the FBI can complete a full investigation:

But that’s not the standard to which Perez is holding Ellison.

“You’ve been talking about an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, should there be some sort of Minnesota law enforcement [investigation]?” Epstein asked.

“Well, I think there are two investigations, or at least one that is actively underway right now and there’s another one that he has called for in the House Ethics Committee,” Perez dodged.

Going a step further, Perez adds, “Democrats have never been reluctant to call out their own” when the evidence showed that misconduct was involved.

This, of course, is patently false. When allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape were made against President Bill Clinton, Democrats entrenched themselves along partisan lines and argued Republicans were engaging in a witch hunt designed to smear his name and sideline his presidency. For Perez to argue otherwise is misleading at best and intentionally deceptive at worst.

Perez also dodged when asked if it was helpful having Ellison, given the allegations leveled against him, in a leadership role at the DNC.

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