Second Member Of The Dems ‘Squad’ Finds Herself Under Investigation Over ‘Money’ Issues
Last month we informed you that Squad member and freshman Congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) according to reports has been living “on and off” at a “secret” Washington D.C apartment with her rumored boyfriend who is also a Democrat consultant. As a result, the details of that relationship have turned into a campaign finance violation that has her now under investigation.
Well, as it turns out Rep. Omar will now have some company from fellow squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
On Thursday the House Ethics Committee released a large amount of compelling internal campaign communications sent in 2018 by Tlaib were she urgently requested money from her congressional campaign to cover personal expenses.
The trove of documents was related to the committee’s probe into Tlaib, which has now been expanded based on the referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
The texts and emails released by the Ethics Committee show Tlaib in a panic asking for large sums of cash from her campaign.
Fox News reports:
In one April 2018 email offered as an exhibit by OCE, Tlaib wrote that she was “struggling financially right now” and was “sinking.” She continued: “So I was thinking the campaign could loan me money, but Ryan said that the committee could actually pay me. I was thinking a one time payment of $5k.”
In another email, on April 4, 2018, Tlaib wrote: “I am just not going to make it through the campaign without a stipend.”
“With the loss of a second income to lean back on,” she wrote. “I am requesting $2,000 per two weeks but not exceeding $12,000. The cost of living stipend is going towards much needed expenses due to campaigning that includes car maintenance, child care and other necessities. Please let me know if I can proceed.”
Then in August of the same year, Tlaib texted her soon to be Chief of Staff Ryan Anderson at 6:38am and said, “Sorry for the early text but do you think the campaign can still pay me a stipend until the general. Trying to get out of debt.”
“I think we definitely afford to do so. But we need to really clearly define your time and space,” Anderson responded, noting that the arrangement could arouse “concern” among the media.
The OCE also attached scans of checks that were made out to Tlaib from her campaign totaling thousands of dollars.
Tlaib’s lawyers have argued that neither Tlaib nor her campaign broke the law. However, the OCE stated:
“Tlaib’s campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes.”
If Tlaib “converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law,” the OCE continued.
“The Board recommends that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Rep. Tlaib because there is a substantial reason to believe that Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use or Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes,” it said.
These freshman Democrats are starting to drop like flies! First, Omar finds herself under investigation, Rep. Hill resigns after a crazy sex scandal, and now Rep. Tlaib finds herself under investigation. You can read and view the documents here related to Tlaib’s case ==> Referral Exhibits.