Far-left progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is under investigation by the bipartisan House Committee on Ethics, the Conservative Brief reported.
The committee announced the probe on Wednesday but declined to provide any specifics about what, exactly, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist congresswoman from New York was being investigated for.
Committee reveals investigation
In a Wednesday press release, citing various House and Committee rules, it was announced that “the Acting Chairwoman and Acting Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 23, 2022.”
“The Committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee,” the release continued.
It added, “The Committee will announce its course of action in this matter following its organizational meeting and adoption of Committee Rules in the 118th Congress.”
In response to that announcement, CBS News reported that a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement, “The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests. We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”
Committee action likely delayed due to elections
The Hill reported that the House Ethics Committee usually has a 45-day window to act on referrals it receives from the independent and nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics which initially reviews ethics complaints filed against members of Congress.
Once those 45 days are up, the committee generally makes a public announcement of the results of its review, such as a dismissal or if any punishment is rendered, or, as is apparently the case here, an extension of the review is deemed necessary.
Given that the committee received the referred complaint against Ocasio-Cortez in June, it would seem that the 45-day window would have closed some time ago, but The Hill noted that the committee’s work — and presumably any in-progress 45-day windows — were likely delayed and postponed for the 60-day period prior to November’s midterm elections in order to minimize any potential impact on any races.
Virtue signaling could ultimately cost congresswomen
Though the Ethics Committee declined to specify what sort of alleged ethics violations Ocasio-Cortez was being scrutinized over, there are a few likely possibilities.
The Washington Examiner reported that a pair of conservative watchdog groups, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust and the National Legal and Policy Center, had previously filed ethics complaints against the congresswoman in regard to her highly publicized attendance at the 2021 Met Gala event.
Ocasio-Cortez is alleged to have failed to properly disclose the free pair of tickets she had received for the exclusive event for the ultra-wealthy as well as the borrowed jewelry and custom-made “Tax the Rich” evening gown she wore to signal her progressive virtues.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the New York congresswoman has also been openly defiant of House financial disclosure rules, had multiple tickets for repeated parking violations in Washington D.C., and, in contrast to her assertion of not associating with lobbyists and special interest groups, was arrested in D.C. during a stunt organized by a leftist group funded by leftist billionaire George Soros.