Rashida Tlaib Confirms She's Being Investigated by House Ethics Committee
Democrat probed following complaints she paid herself thousands from 2018 campaign funds
The office for radical Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has confirmed the "AOC Plus 3 Squad" member is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for alleged misuse of campaign funds.
The probe was launched by the committee following complaints that Tlaib funneled thousands in shady payments from her campaign to herself following her election win in 2018.
While candidates are allowed to draw a salary from their campaign coffers from the time they win their primary until election day, the Michigan lawmaker was still taking money after the November 6 election.
As Neon Nettle reported in March, documents reveal that Tlaib paid herself tens of thousands of dollars in two payments following her election win.
The elected Democrat made a $2,000 payment to herself on November 16 and paid another $15,500 to herself on December 1 last year.
“The Federal Election Commission states that salary payments may continue ‘until the date of the general election,’” Politico noted in a Monday report on the probe.
Tlaib’s office confirmed the probe but denied any wrongdoing, claiming the Michigan representative “fully complied with the law and acted in good faith at all times,” according to Politico.
“Representative Tlaib has cooperated completely with the Committee to resolve the referral, which involves the same claims over her publicly disclosed salary during the campaign that conservative groups pressed back in March,” Tlaib spokesperson Denzel McCampbell told the outlet in a statement.
“On its face, it looks like the $2,000 payment on November 16 might be for the candidate’s salary for the first two weeks of November,” an election law and government ethics lawyer told the Washington Free Beacon in March about Tlaib’s first post-election payment.
However, the lawyer noted that “Tlaib stopped being a candidate halfway through this period, but it appears that she kept collecting her full salary as if she was still a candidate throughout the full first two weeks of November.”
According to News Thud, the “squad” member has recently been leading impeachment rallies and selling “Impeach the MFer” T-shirts.
The complaint against Ms. Tlaib was forwarded to the committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent, non-partisan office crated by the House to receive and review allegations of misconduct and determine if they are worthy of review by the Ethics Committee.
Per Time, a spokesman for Tlaib called the complaint politically motivated.
Tlaib, part of the so-called “squad” of freshman Democrats in the House, is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and has been the focus of repeated criticism from Trump and other Republicans.
“Representative Tlaib fully complied with the law and acted in good faith at all times,” said Denzel McCampbell, a spokesman for Tlaib.