Rep. Cori Bush confirmed that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether the Missouri Democrat misappropriated campaign funds for security services, an accusation she denied as “simply false.”
In a statement, Bush said his campaign was “fully cooperating” with the investigation and said it had always “complied with all applicable laws and House rules.”
“I hold myself, my campaign and my position to the highest levels of integrity. I also believe in transparency, which is why I can confirm that the Justice Department is reviewing my campaign’s spending on security services,” said Bush, a member of a progressive group of Democratic women known as “The Squad”.
She added that the allegations were based on “baseless complaints” made by right-wing organizations that have long made her a target.
In a lengthy statement, Bush, a nurse and Black Lives Matter activist turned lawmaker who represents the St. Louis area, said she experienced threats to her “physical safety and life” before taking office in 2021 .
Bush said that as a rank-and-file member of Congress, she was not entitled to House protection and instead used her campaign funds to pay for security services.
“I did not use federal taxpayer dollars for personal security services,” she said. “Any information that I used federal funds for my personal security is simply false.”
The problem, the congresswoman continued, was her decision to hire her husband, Cortney Merritts, to provide security services for her. She paid Merritts a total of $62,359 for security services in 2022 before the couple’s wedding, according to St Louis Post-Dispatch.
“In particular, the nature of these allegations concerned my husband’s role in the campaign,” she said.
“In accordance with all applicable rules, I…