Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is under investigation for illegally transferring money from her campaign to herself to pay personal expenses.
All five members of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) voted on Friday to recommend to the House Ethics Committee that it investigate Tlaib for taking over $17,500 in campaign cash and transferring it to her personal use.
House rules allow candidates to take a salary out of campaign funds as long as withdrawals do not exceed the amount of money a candidate made the year before running for office. Candidates are also barred from taking campaign cash after a general election.
However, according to the records cited by the OCE, Tlaib continued to receive cash after Election Day.
“Tlaib received $45,500.00 between May 7, 2018, and Dec. 1, 2018. The two potentially problematic payments were made Nov. 16, 2018, for $2,000, and $15,500 on Dec. 1, 2018,” the Daily Caller reported.
“If Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law,” OCE told the House.
The OCE noted that Tlaib’s staffers, campaign treasurer Soh Suzuki, campaign manager Andy Goddeeris and campaign staffer Amanda Kaye, stonewalled and refused to help in the investigation.
“Because Rep. Tlaib refused to interview with the OCE, the OCE could not address these potentially problematic payments with her. Likewise, the OCE was unable to address these documents with members of her campaign staff given their refusals to interview with the OCE,” the report added.
The OCE also showed a series of emails and other records that showed Tlaib’s guilt in the allegations.
Despite the evidence, Tlaib claimed she did nothing wrong.
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