Minnesota House speaker won't act on Rep. Thompson allegations yet

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Minnesota House Democrats appear unlikely to take immediate action to expel or punish embattled state Rep. John Thompson.

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Driving the news: House Speaker Melissa Hortman indicated Wednesday that she'll wait until any ethics complaints or court proceedings are resolved to take action against the St. Paul Democrat.

State of play: Hortman, along with other DFL leaders, have called on Thompson to resign over a series of domestic abuse allegations that recently came to light.

  • Thompson, who hasn't been convicted of domestic violence, denies wrongdoing and has so far refused to step down.

  • On Wednesday, following a conviction on an unrelated misdemeanor charge, he said he needed a few days to make a decision, Fox9 reports.

What she's saying: In a letter to House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, Hortman cited House protocol and guidance from legal counsel. It wasn't clear how Wednesday's court proceeding would impact her timing.

The other side: Daudt called Hortman's response disappointing and said in a statement that Democrats' resignation calls "ring hollow when they refuse to take any steps to hold [Thompson] accountable."

Of note: Hortman did move to strip GOP Rep. Matt Grossell of his committee assignments based on police reports related to a drunken altercation at an area hospital in 2019.

What's next: The House Ethics Committee will hear another, unrelated complaint filed against Thompson on Friday.

  • Hortman told Daudt he is free to file a complaint of his own.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

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