Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s entire career is in jeopardy due to massive gifts she received.
There are serious allegations that she received impermissible favors.
A new ethics probe report reveals the deep trouble Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in.
There is “substantial reason to believe” that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accepted “impermissible gifts” according to a newly disclosed report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
The allegations stem from the congresswoman’s attendance at the Met Gala in New York City in 2021, and her custom-made designer dress that Ocasio-Cortez rented and her accessories for the event. She may have broken House rules by accepting the “Tax the Rich” dress.
The report said a “Campaign Staffer could not explain why the gown rental costs were reduced from $1,300 to $300.”
Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged “there was a ball that was dropped” and described the situation as “deeply regrettable,” according to the report.
“The Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee,” the House Committee on Ethics leaders said.
David Mitrani, Ocasio-Cortez’s counsel, issued a response in a letter which claimed that no ethics violations were found.
“However, while regrettable, this matter definitively does not rise to the level of a violation of House Rules or of federal law,” Mitrani wrote. “Even after OCE’s exhaustive review of the Congresswoman’s personal communications, there is no evidence that she ever intended to avoid these expenses. To the contrary, the record clearly shows that the Congresswoman always understood that she had to pay for these expenses personally – and she even worked with the undersigned counsel prior to the event to ensure that she complied with all applicable ethics rules.”
“We are confident the Committee on Ethics will dismiss this matter,” Mitrani concluded.
“As part of her attendance, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was provided with a couture dress, handbag, shoes, and jewelry,” the report says. “She also received hair, makeup, transportation, and ready-room services. Riley Roberts received a bowtie and shoes in advance of the event.”
“While Rep. Ocasio-Cortez appears to have now paid for the rental value of the attire she wore to the Met Gala and for the goods and services she and her partner received in connection with this September 2021 event, payment for these goods and services did not occur until after the OCE contacted her in connection with this review,” the report says. “But for the OCE opening this review, it appears that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez may not have paid for several thousands of dollars’ worth of goods and services provided to her.”
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