House Ethics Committee Expands Investigation into Rashida Tlaib

The House Ethics Committee released more documents on Thursday that revealed how much the scope of their campaign finance investigation into Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has expanded, according to the New York Post.

The expansion of the investigation comes at the request of the Office of Congressional Ethics. First launched in August, the investigation centers around Tlaib’s alleged misuse of campaign funds for personal use, since she was “struggling financially.”

In an email sent by Tlaib to campaign officials in April 2018, she suggested that the campaign “loan [her] money,” or that “the committee could actually pay…a one time payment of $5,000.” She then later requested a “cost of living stipend” of $2,000 every two weeks, in order to address such matters as “car maintenance, child chare, and other necessities.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics released a statement saying that Tlaib having “converted campaign funds…to personal use” would constitute a violation of federal law. Tlaib’s office has denied any wrongdoing.