NEW YORK – A US congressional committee overseeing the ethical conduct of lawmakers announced Wednesday that it is investigating Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The House Ethics Committee did not specify why it was investigating Ocasio-Cortez, who has represented a New York district since 2019 and turned left-wing.
As the committee explained in a statement, an independent body called the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) sent its investigation into Ocasio-Cortez to the House Ethics Committee in June this year.
The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that it was expanding the scope of the investigation and to do so would have to disclose its existence.
The fact that a process has been initiated within the ethics committee does not mean that Ocasio-Cortez violated any rules of the lower house, according to her statement.
The Ethics Committee said that any further action on these inquiries would be postponed until members of Congress who were elected or re-elected in this year’s November midterm elections take their seats in January. Let’s do.
In those elections, Republicans won a majority in the House, meaning the investigation could take on partisan overtones as the GOP’s far-right wing dislikes Ocasio-Cortez, also known as “AOC”.
A spokeswoman for the congresswoman said in statements collected by local media that Ocasio-Cortez has always taken ethical standards “incredibly seriously” and recalled that she has always accepted donations to her campaign from pressure groups and companies. has been rejected.
“We are confident that this matter will be dismissed,” the spokesperson said.
The ethics committee that announced the probe Wednesday is dominated by Democrats, something that has raised many unanswered questions about why Ocasio-Cortez might be under investigation.