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US Representative Cori Bush, a member of the progressive group “The Squad,” announced on Tuesday that the Justice Department is investigating her campaign’s expenditure on security services. Bush, who has been in Office since January 2021, stated she has always faced threats and used campaign funds for security.
In her statement, Bush clarified that as a regular member of Congress, she does not receive personal protection from the House and has not used federal tax dollars for personal security services. The focus of the allegations revolves around her husband’s involvement in her security team, drawing on his experience in the field. However, the Justice Department has not commented on the matter.
Additionally, the Federal Elections Commission and the House Ethics Committee are examining Bush’s campaign. The Office of Congressional Ethics, after a months-long investigation, found no evidence of wrongdoing, according to Bush. The Office itself, however, has not disclosed any details about its investigation.
Further developments include a formal communication read on the House floor on Monday, indicating that the House Sergeant at Arms received a grand jury subpoena and is complying with it. The specifics of the case were not revealed, and the Office of the House Sergeant at Arms did not respond to inquiries for comments.
Representative Bush, known for her advocacy on social issues, has openly discussed her past struggles with economic hardship, including experiencing evictions and homelessness. In July 2021, she notably protested the end of a COVID-era eviction freeze on the Capitol steps.