Squad Member Rashida Tlaib Asked Political Campaign for Personal Cash, Ethics Group Revealed

Panel released documents showing Michigan Democrat 'frantically' contacted people for financial help

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The House Ethics Committee on Thursday released a collection of “striking internal campaign communications” sent in 2018 by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Fox News is reporting on Thursday night.

In those communications, Tlaib — a member of the so-called Democratic squad of four House lawmakers — “urgently” requested money from her congressional campaign to defray personal expenses — and, a government watchdog said, possibly violated federal law in the process, Fox News also reported.

The document dump was related to the committee’s continuing ethics investigation into Tlaib.

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The panel on Thursday said that probe would be “expanded” based on a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).

Also, the Ethics Committee acknowledged for the first time on Thursday an investigation into Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings concerning a “personal relationship with an individual employed in his congressional office.”

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Texts and emails released by the Ethics Committee show Tlaib frantically contacting members of her staff for financial help.

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In one email in April of 2018, Tlaib reportedly wrote, “I am just not going to make it through the campaign without a stipend.”

In another, she apparently asked for a loan.

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The House Ethics Committee, according to Politico over a month ago, was “reviewing a potential campaign finance violation by [Tlaib] during her 2018 campaign.”

The complaint suggested Tlaib may have reimbursed herself from her own campaign fund after the 2018 election — when she was no longer a candidate.

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