The House Ethics Committee just confirmed today it is probing allegations of wrongdoing against a key member of the squad, Rashida Tlaib as well as two GOP Reps.
Michigan Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Bill Huizenga, as well as Florida Rep. Ross Spano, have all been on the wrong end of ethics complaints that are now being investigated by the House.
Tlaib’s is tied to an alleged improper use of campaign funds – she paid herself $4,000 a month salary from her 2018 campaign account.
All three lawmakers say they are innocent and the complaints are politically motivated.
All three lawmakers denied wrongdoing, saying in separate statements that they were cooperating with investigators.
The complaint against Tlaib focused on her decision to pay herself $4,000 a month in salary from her 2018 campaign account, an action that conservative groups called improper.
A spokesman for Tlaib called the complaint politically motivated. Tlaib, part of the “squad” of freshman women of color in the House, is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and has been the focus of repeated attacks from Trump and other Republicans.
“Representative Tlaib fully complied with the law and acted in good faith at all times,” said Denzel McCampbell, a spokesman for Tlaib.
Brian Patrick, a spokesman for Huizenga, called the complaint against the congressman “partisan and politically motivated” and said it has been resolved by the Federal Election Commission.
The FEC complaint alleged that Huizenga had misused his campaign account for personal use and had failed to properly itemize expenses. He denied wrongdoing.
Spano, in a statement released by his office, said the ethics panel was reviewing self-reported filings with the FEC. Published reports indicate that Spano borrowed more than $100,000 from two friends and then loaned it to his campaign. He has since repaid the loans, with the proceeds of a bank loan to himself.
“I think this is a step in the right direction as I want to ensure my record of transparency and accountability is publicly highlighted,” Spano said Monday. While he has doubts about the timing and motive behind the inquiry, “I am confident the process will ultimately lean in my favor,” he said.