‘Substantial Reason To Believe’ AOC Accepted ‘Impermissible Gifts’ With Met Gala Appearance, Ethics Probe Finds

There is “substantial reason to believe” that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accepted “impermissible gifts” in connection to her attendance at the Met Gala in 2021, according to a Thursday report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).

The OCE Board voted unanimously to recommend further investigation into the matter as Ocasio-Cortez “may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law,” according to the report.

“The Board recommends that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Rep. Ocasio-Cortez because there is substantial reason to believe that she accepted impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala in 2021,” the report says.

David Mitrani, Ocasio-Cortez’s counsel, issued a response in a letter which noted the OCE identified that there were delays in paying vendors for costs associated with the congresswoman’s attendance at the Met Gala, during which she wore a “Tax the Rich” dress.

“The Congresswoman finds these delays unacceptable, and she has taken several steps to ensure nothing of this nature will ever happen again,” Mitrani said.

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