Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” are constantly trying to push the envelope of what’s legal.
That came back to bite one of the members of her socialist faction.
Now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is freaking out over this surprise criminal investigation.
Biden’s Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) for reportedly misusing campaign money to pay her husband to provide her personal security.
Bush is an outspoken supporter of the “Defund the Police” movement and one of the kookiest members of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Squad.”
An unusual subpoena in the House
The House Sergeant at Arms – the top law enforcement officer for the House – was subpoenaed for records by the Justice Department in the case.
Despite calling for the police to be defunded in her crime-ridden district of St. Louis, Bush has spent more than $750,000 on security since 2019, according to federal campaign finance records.
Security has been far and away her biggest campaign expense.
Bush has faced complaints with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), the federal government’s campaign finance watchdog agency, for paying her husband, Courtney Merrits, by conservative watchdog groups over concerns he wasn’t providing “bona fide services” at a “fair market value.”
Merrits was paid for his security work despite not having a private security license since 2012, which is required by the St. Louis police department.
Bush, a former Black Lives Matter activist, said that she needed the security because of threats against her.
Here to do the work
“I’m going to make sure I have security because I know I have had attempts on my life and I have too much work to do,” Bush told CBS News in 2021. “So, if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend … 10 more dollars on it, you know what? I get to be here to do the work.”
“So, suck it up,” Bush added, “defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets because we’re trying to save lives.”
Two St. Louis cops who were working off duty on her security detail were fired for not getting permission from the police department.
Bush was defiant in the face of the criminal investigation and attempted to blame it on Republicans.
“I am under no illusion that these right-wing organizations will stop politicizing and pursuing efforts to attack me and the work that the people of St. Louis sent me to Congress to do: to lead boldly, to legislate change my constituents can feel, and to save lives,” Bush said in a statement.
The far-left Congresswoman is facing what’s expected to be a spirited challenge in the Democrat Primary for her House district by prosecutor Wesley Bell.
Cori Bush’s criminal investigation could leave Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with one less member in the “Squad” next year.
24/7 Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.