The U.S. House Committee on Ethics is investigating a complaint concerning Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
The committee confirmed the move in a statement Wednesday, though it did not provide additional details on the topic of the investigation. It did confirm the Office of Congressional Ethics referred the matter to the committee in June. The Office of Congressional Ethics is a nonpartisan, independent entity that reviews misconduct allegations against House lawmakers and their staff.
The committee also noted it is extending the matter into 2023, though the move, and disclosing the extension, “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”
The New York lawmaker’s office said in a statement to USA TODAY that “The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests.
“We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”
The House Ethics Committee declined to comment to USA TODAY.
The committee’s acting chairwoman is Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., and its acting ranking member is Michael Guest, R-Miss. Other committee members are Democratic Reps. Dean Phillips, of Minnesota, Veronica Escobar of Texas, and Mondaire Jones of New York. Its Republican members are Reps. Dave Joyce of Ohio; John H. Rutherford of Florida and Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota.
The committee earlier this week found Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., benefited financially while purchasing a cryptocurrency he promoted.
“While cryptocurrency promotion, particularly of a ‘meme coin,’ may be a novel issue before the committee, whether a member may promote an asset in which that member has a financial interest is not a novel question,” the committee wrote in a report.
The committee directed Cawthorn to pay $14,237.49 to charity. He planned to make donations to a spinal cord and paralysis treatment center and a gun rights group, his spokesperson, Micah Bock, told The Associated Press.
Contributing: The Associated Press