MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — DFL Rep. John Thompson said again he has no plans to resign.
Several lawmakers have asked Thompson to step down because of past accusations of domestic abuse. Thompson and his supporters held a press conference Monday outside the Minnesota State Capitol.READ MORE: Walz, DFLers Call On Rep. John Thompson To Resign Following Allegations Of Domestic Violence
“I will not remain silent, and I will not be resigning,” Rep. Thompson said.
Among Thompson’s supporters is his wife, Lea, who was the alleged victim in several complaints. She now says those claims were not true.
“I am not now, nor have I ever been an abused woman,” Lea Thompson said. “I am not a victim of domestic abuse.”
Thompson has never been convicted on any domestic abuse allegations, all of which are at least 10 years old. St. Paul City Council Member Nelsie Yang was among his supporters at the capitol Monday.
“Honestly, we need more folks like John in office,” Yang said.
Valerie Castile, mother of Thompson’s friend Philando Castile — who was shot and killed during a 2016 traffic stop by St. Anthony police – is also standing by him.READ MORE: Rep. John Thompson Apologized To Sergeant Who Pulled Him Over, SPPD Says
“We support Rep. John Thompson!” Castile said.
Tense confrontation as Capitol police and supporters of Rep John Thompson surround car of woman who interrupted pro- Thompson news conference by driving on Capitol lawn waiving a Trump flag @wcco will update pic.twitter.com/4ZvypLPvjO
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The press conference was interrupted by a woman who drove in circles on the capitol lawn while waving a Trump flag. She was eventually taken into custody, with bystanders yelling that a Black person would have been treated more harshly.
DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman said again Monday that she believes Thompson should resign, and that an ethics committee probe would begin when the criminal cases are over. According to the speaker’s office, the only unresolved criminal matter is Thompson’s Wisconsin driver’s license, although it’s not clear what kind of investigation is going on there and what potential penalties he might face.MORE NEWS: ‘I’m Not A Criminal’: Rep. John Thompson Found Guilty In 2019 Hospital Disturbance
Last week, a Hennepin County jury found Thompson guilty of obstruction from a 2019 incident at a local hospital.