The recent ethics investigation into New York socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apparently had her scrambling and pointing fingers.
As RedState previously reported, the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) found that AOC’s 2021 appearance at the Met Gala broke federal laws for accepting impermissible gifts associated with her night hanging out with celebrities:
The background of this situation goes back to 2021 when Ocasio-Cortez pranced around the Met Gala in New York City in a dress that read “tax the rich.” At the time, astute observers were questioning where she was getting the money for the ticket, the dress, and the “servants” she had in tow. The cost of admission alone to the Met Gala is $30,000, and the dress was billed at over $40,000.
Of course, it’s already known that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t pay for any of that, which means she accepted the ticket, the dress, and possibly other luxuries as gifts. The problem is that federal law prohibits that.
Now, according to Fox News, AOC has responded by pointing the finger at a former staffer who she claims had dropped the ball in notifying her that she owed money:
While speaking to investigators, Ocasio-Cortez said that she was unaware of unpaid expenses related to the dress she wore and stylists that helped her get ready for the Met Gala in 2021. “I just never, ever, ever would have allowed that to happen knowing what I have learned,” she said. “But I wasn’t privy to the invoices, wasn’t privy to the ones that had been sent.”
“And it is just a deeply regrettable situation,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I feel terrible for especially the small businesses that were impacted.”
Fox News also reported that the balance for the rental fees for everything has now been paid, but this didn’t happen until after the OCE contacted her about their review of her activities.
The former staffer came forward and told investigators that the fault was indeed their own.
“I think the delay there for me was I didn’t have access to her personal credit card at that moment,” the staffer told investigators.
Whether or not this is actually true doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, the fault rests with the person at the top and that’s AOC. She can’t point fingers all day, but it was her responsibility to make sure all her bases were covered and that she wasn’t breaking federal law.
Not that any of this matters at this juncture. As Bonchie wrote in his original report, this current DOJ isn’t likely to come after AOC, so once this gets to them they’ll likely toss it somewhere into a dark place and hope everyone forgets about it. Sadly, at this juncture, that’s probably going to happen.