Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has responded to reports of an impending investigation into her conduct by the U.S. House Committee on Ethics in a statement released on Wednesday.
The initial statement from the Committee on Ethics explained, “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.” This move essentially carries over the investigation from the outgoing 117th Congress to the incoming 118th.
However, the committee was careful to note in their statement that the extension of their investigation, “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”
Rep. Ocasio Cortez responded in a statement to USA Today that claimed, “The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests.”
The House Committee on Ethics is investigating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to a statement―which did not provide many details about the inquiry―the panel issued on Wednesday. A spokesperson for AOC said that she was confident that the case would be dismissed. pic.twitter.com/uGt6Jtte3h
— Forbes (@Forbes) December 8, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez’s office added, “We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”
— Gabe Kaminsky (@gekaminsky) December 7, 2022
The committee is led presently by a Democrat, Rep. Susan Wild of Pennsylvania and the acting ranking Republican is Rep. Michael Guest of Mississippi. The committee’s other members are Democrats Dean Phillips, of Minnesota, Veronica Escobar of Texas, Mondaire Jones of New York. and Republican members Reps. Dave Joyce of Ohio; John H. Rutherford of Florida and Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota.
AOC should face ‘sanctioning’ for Met Gala ethics breach, watchdog head says https://t.co/YGR0Efqe2A
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The committee did not specify why it is investigating Ocasio-Cortez, however, The Daily Mail reported several conservative groups petitioned the committee to investigate AOC after her attendance to the Met Gala at no cost, a value of $35,000, and her wear of a designer “Tax-the-Rich” dress allegedly loaned to her by its creator.