Ocasio-Cortez Under Investigation

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is currently facing a probe by the House Ethics Committee, according to a statement released by the panel’s acting chair and ranking member on Wednesday.

The committee did not specify what in particular was under investigation, and instead wrote in its statement that it “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.”

The House Ethics panel originally received the case from the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics in June and had announced at the time that they would be saying more regarding their “course of action” in the next Congress later.

A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez has noted that the Congresswoman has always been especially serious about ethical matters “refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests.” They added that they believed this case would end up being dismissed.

The House Ethics Committee usually takes up to 45 days in order to investigate any case referred by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent entity that is looking into allegations of misconduct made against both lawmakers and House employees.

Once the 45-day period ends the committee has two options to extend its timeframe for investigating, or to release a public statement, much like they did in Ocasio-Cortez’s case.

It is likely that the congresswoman’s case also faced some delay because of the midterm elections last month since the ethics panel has the option to delay action if the investigation takes place within a 60-day period before an election.

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