Is The Ocasio-Cortez Ethics Violation Serious Enough For the Capitol Police?
Former House Oversight Committee chairman, Jason Chaffetz, stated that Ocasio-Cortez should be reported to the Capitol Police concerning her ethics scandal, stating it is a serious security issue.
It surrounds Ocasio-Cortez giving her boyfriend access to “the House’s electronic mail systems and resources”.
Did she hire her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, as a staffer on the taxpayer dime and break ethics rules? Or did she just designate him as a staffer in order to give him access that he should not have, which is also against the rules.
Chaffetz believes the matter is serious enough to refer to both the Ethics Committee as well as the Capitol Police.
“It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences,” Chaffetz explained to Fox News.
“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse,” he went on. “… It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”
Chaffetz said that Roberts having email access could also create other security issues and the matter should be referred to the Capitol Police for further investigation.
“Being given a password to get into the House computer system has other potentially problematic issues,” he stated.
The whole drama played out on twitter, and it is looking like Ocasio-Cortez could already be in a bit of trouble. I guess we will have to wait for Momma Pelosi to sort this out…again!
(2 unnamed sources report that Pelosi has Ocasio-Cortez on speed dial and has to use it a few times already to try to keep the freshman in check.)
It all started Friday morning when former staffer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Luke Thompson, Tweeted a screenshot showing that Roberts appears to have a congressional “staff” email address.
A calendar invite lists his name, Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional phone number, and the email address.
While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff – drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez then responded, confirming that the screenshot showing the email address is legitimate, but that the insinuation was untrue.
Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.
Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
Thompson then responded back, explaining to Ocasio-Cortez that Roberts was not ‘her spouse” and asking some pointed questions:
- Is he being paid?
- At what level?
- Are you giving him access to your official calendar?
- Why does he have his own email address?”
Will Menaker, Co-host of Chapo Trap House claimed that he has proof of Roberts being paid by taxpayer monies.
I have documents that prove he's being paid exclusively with your, Luke Thompson's, taxes, DM for details
— Will🦕Menaker (@willmenaker) February 15, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to those questions. She did not respond to multiple requests for comment from PJ Media who broke the story either.
You can read the rest of that interaction here: Ocasio-Cortez Embroiled in Her First Ethics Scandal Just Weeks Into Office!
House IT rules generally prohibit the use of “the House’s electronic mail systems and resources” by unauthorized members, and only “U.S. House of Representative Members, Officers, Employees, Fellows, Interns and Contractors” with appropriate permission can use the system.
Welcome to DC Riley Roberts! (The tall red-headed feller with the beard in the back) Being the significant other is a huge sacrifice! I have always respected them, no matter what side of the aisle. This young man is just living his life, now in a fishbowl.
The big picture is that someone needs to put Ocasio-Cprtez in some remedial classes. She needs to understand how DC works, how the federal and state governments work. She needs to know what is ethical and what is not. Or this will continue.
And if she loves Riley Roberts, she needs to create a great wall between him and her public servitude!