Representative Cori Bush dismisses allegations of misuse of security fund. DOJ investigates
Department of Justice investigating the misappropriation of security funds by democrat politician.
According to Puncbowl News, the investigation focused on how Bush used her Member Representation Allowance, an account that members of Congress use to pay for office expenses.
- 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 - said Bush in a speech on the steps of the US Capitol.
The funding for a Member's Representational Allowance (MRA) is derived from taxpayer dollars and receives annual approval in the Legislative Branch appropriations bill. In contrast, campaign expenditures are financed through donations from political supporters to individual candidates
- I have not used any federal tax dollars for personal security services (...) Any reporting that I have used federal funds for personal security is simply false - argued the Democrat rep.
According to Bush, the accusations against her come from right-wing organizations. - In particular, the nature of these allegations have been around my husband’s role in the campaign (...) In accordance with all applicable rules, I retained my husband as part of my security team to provide security services because he has had extensive experience in this area, and is able to provide the necessary services at or below a fair market rate - point out Democrat rep.
She added that "the accusations are aimed solely at distracting her from her work in Congress". - 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 - explained congresswoman.
Bush confirms her full cooperation. Justice Department remains silent on the matter.
Source: Missouri Independent