• June 13, 2024

Member Of ‘The Squad’ Is Facing A Serious Criminal Probe

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has initiated an investigation into Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), a prominent member of the progressive “Squad” and a vocal proponent of the “Defund the Police” movement. The inquiry focuses on allegations of misusing funds intended for personal security.

Sources revealed that a subpoena for records, announced in the House on Monday, is linked to a criminal probe examining Bush’s Member Representation Allowance (MRA). House Sergeant at Arms William McFarland stated that compliance with the investigation is consistent with the rights and privileges of the House.

Punchbowl News reporter Max Cohen approached Bush directly on Monday night about the investigation. However, she declined to comment and cited a toothache as a reason.

In a subsequent statement released on Tuesday, Bush confirmed that the DOJ is reviewing her campaign’s spending on security services and emphasized full cooperation with the investigation. She justified the use of campaign funds for security, citing persistent threats to her safety. Bush clarified that no federal tax dollars were utilized for personal security funds, as she, being a rank-and-file member of Congress, is not entitled to House-provided personal protection.

Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), refrained from commenting on the DOJ probe, stating it’s a matter for the Justice Department.

Since winning her seat in 2020 by defeating Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Bush has faced scrutiny for her campaign’s spending on private security despite advocating for defunding the police. Federal election data reveals her campaign spending over $750,000 on security services since 2019.

Concerns have been raised by conservative watchdog groups regarding substantial campaign payments to Courtney Merrits, whom Bush married nearly a year ago after hiring him as a security guard. Questions have been raised about the nature of these payments and whether they were for “bona fide services” at “fair market value.”

In her Tuesday statement, Bush dismissed these complaints as “frivolous” and mentioned ongoing investigations by the Federal Election Commission and the House Ethics Committee. She asserted her team’s cooperation with all investigations, highlighting the Office of Congressional Ethics’ unanimous dismissal of the case and expressing anticipation for similar outcomes in pending investigations.

Despite the challenges and politicization, Bush remains resolute in her commitment to serving the people of St. Louis and advancing her legislative agenda. The investigations, she notes, are part of ongoing attempts by right-wing organizations to undermine her work in Congress.

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