The House Office of Congressional Ethics has determined that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have broken federal law by attending the Met Gala in 2021.
Ocasio-Cortez famously came at the star-studded event wearing a garment emblazoned with the slogan “Tax the Rich.”
In December, the House Ethics Committee stated that it was investigating the New York Democrat. According to the Washington Examiner, the OCE stated on Thursday that it had recommended a probe into Ocasio-presence Cortez’s at the Met Gala.
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Initial inquiry by the office revealed “substantial reason to believe that she accepted impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala in 2021.”
The politician did not pay several suppliers until the ethics agency asked about the situation, which she confirmed through her attorney.
The OCE released an interview it had conducted with Ocasio-Cortez in May and emails on her attendance at the event.
In June, the office voted 5 to 0 to suggest additional examination of the issue.
In a letter to the ethics office, Ocasio-attorney, Cortez’s David Mitrani, stated that his client did not violate the law.
“Though no Ethics violation has been found, the Office of Congressional Ethics (‘OCE’) did identify that there were delays in paying vendors for costs associated with the Congresswoman’s attendance at the Met Gala,” Mitrani wrote.
“The Congresswoman finds these delays unacceptable, and she has taken several steps to ensure nothing of this nature will ever happen again,” he continued.
Mitrani stated that Ocasio-activities Cortez’s “definitively [do] not rise to the level of a violation of House Rules or of federal law.”
Mitrani said, “even after OCE’s exhaustive review of the Congresswoman’s personal communications, there is no evidence that she ever intended to avoid these expenses.”
He stated, “To the contrary, the record clearly shows that the Congresswoman always understood that she had to pay for these expenses personally. … We are confident the Committee on Ethics will dismiss this matter.”