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Dem. Congresswoman Under Investigation for Met Gala Invitation

'There is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Maloney may have solicited or accepted impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Lame-duck Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., is under investigation by the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics after she attended the 2021 Met Gala, the infamous New York City ball where the world’s elites gather to wear lavish costumes, and give each other prizes and honors, the Daily Wire reported.

According to the OCE report, Maloney used her status in the government to hand out special favors to some at the Met Gala.

“There is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Maloney may have solicited or accepted impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala,” they wrote.

The board also suggested that the House Ethics Committee continue the investigation to uncover whether she “may have solicited or accepted impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala.”

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The committee members recently issued a press release indicating that they intended to continue the investigation against Maloney—who, ironically, is herself the chair of the House Oversight Committee.

None of this would be surprising if it turned out to be true, especially given the fact that Maloney has tried to use federal funds and grants to financially support the lavish ball.

A person identified as Witness B told the committee that Maloney has been helping the Met and said that people in the U.S. government have really made the whole elite event work.

“[A]ll of them [government officials], as I like to say, have been our champions and have really articulated what we do here in terms of education and community outreach with their various colleagues at those levels of government,” said the witness. “For us it has been invaluable just like being, I like to say, a cheerleader for the museum.”

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Yet Maloney, who lost her recent primary to fellow Democrat Jerry Nadler, has denied all claims, and insisted that the Ethics Committee investigation will turn up nothing.

“Representative Maloney is confident that the House Ethics Committee will dismiss this matter,” a spokesperson for Maloney said.

“Although the Committee has not made any determination a violation occurred, she is disappointed by the unproven and disputed allegations in the report issued by Office of Congressional Ethics and strongly disagrees with its referral.”

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