(LibertySociety.com) – Far-left radical progressive Missouri Democrat Cori Bush may soon find herself in hot water for misusing federal funds. The House Sergeant at Arms was subpoenaed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on January 29 for documents related to an unknown Democrat who allegedly misused federal funds meant for security. The House clerk communicated the message on the House floor, notifying members of the grand jury subpoena.
The following day, Punchbowl News reported that Bush was the target of the investigation. Bush released a statement acknowledging the investigation but insisted that she did nothing wrong. The two-term lawmaker faced scrutiny last year when conservative watchdog groups filed a complaint against her for paying her then-fiancé to work as her security guard. Bush continued to pay him after they were married. While campaign funds can be used to pay for security, payments for services must not exceed fair market value, according to House Ethics rules.
In her statement, Bush wrote that she had “not used any federal tax dollars for personal security services.” She claimed that the investigations from the DOJ, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), and the House Committee on Ethics were a result of “frivolous complaints” from right-wing organizations. Bush noted that a previous investigation into the same matter was dismissed by the Office of Congressional Ethics and that she expected the other investigations would be dismissed as well. However, the House Committee on Ethics has not closed its 2023 investigation into Bush.
Bush has served in Congress since 2021 and represents Missouri’s 1st congressional district, which includes the city of St. Louis and nearly all of northern St. Louis County. She was resoundingly reelected in 2022 but did not have a competitive Democratic primary opponent. For 2024, St. Louis County’s Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell has mounted a serious campaign against Bush. He narrowly outraised Bush in the last quarter of 2023.
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