Democrat Lawmaker Under DOJ Investigation

Daily Report January 31,2024

Woke “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) found herself in hot waters with the law after the Justice Department began investigating her alleged misuse of government funds intended to pay for her security detail.

According to Fox News, the lawmaker is under investigation for misusing federal security money. Fox News reported that Bush, who was one of the loudest voices calling to defund the police, has spent over $500,000 on her own private security. The lawmaker’s husband, Cortney Merritts, has pocketed over $100,000 in payments after the lawmaker added him to her payroll in January 2022. The pair married in February 2023. However, Merritts had served as Bush’s bodyguard prior to their marriage.

Bush marked payments to her husband as “security” payments before she later switched their description to “wage expenses” in April.

Bush released a statement on Tuesday denying all allegations while blaming the investigation on “right-wing organizations that have lodged against her.

“Since before I was sworn into office, I have endured relentless threats to my physical safety and life. As a rank-and-file member of Congress, I am not entitled to personal protection by the House, and instead have used campaign funds as permissible to retain security services,” Bush said in the statement. “I have not used any federal tax dollars for personal security services. In recent months, right-wing organizations have lodged baseless complaints against me, peddling notions that I have misused campaign funds to pay for personal security services. These frivolous complaints have resulted in a number of investigations, some of which are still ongoing. The Federal Election Commission and the House Committee on Ethics are currently reviewing the matter, as is the Department of Justice. We are fully cooperating in all of these pending investigations.”

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), one of the groups Bush blamed for the investigation, defended filling the official complaint with the FEC in 2023. FACT executive director Kendra Arnold highlighted some of the lawmakers’ suspicions that made the organization file the complaint.

“In her own FEC filings the payments were initially characterized as being for ‘security,’” Arnold said in a statement to Fox News. “Among the many troubling facts involved that we strongly felt justified an investigation were her close personal relationship, her large payments to others for the same services at the same time, and that her husband reportedly didn’t have a license to provide those services.”

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