Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) of New York has some major explaining to do.
A breaking new report has uncovered that AOC has labeled her longtime boyfriend as her spouse.
According to the House Ethics Committee, spouse only means “someone to whom you are legally married.”
AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt, confirmed the scoop and stated AOC and her fiancé Riley Roberts are not legally married.
REPORT: AOC Likely Violated House Ethics Rules By Listing Her Fiancé As Her 'Spouse'…..https://t.co/XPRyNsyNqb
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BREAKING – YOUR REACTION: Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) referred to her fiancé, Riley Roberts, as her "spouse" in disclosure forms filed this year. However, her office clarified that they have never been "legally married," potentially violating House ethics rules.… pic.twitter.com/jlSnNi4PcQ
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AOC lists fiancé as ‘spouse’ on disclosures despite not legally being married https://t.co/JrN8gdiTOz
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The Washington Free Beacon broke the story:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D., N.Y.) office says she isn’t married. But she has described her fiancé, Riley Roberts, as her “spouse” in forms filed with the House Ethics Committee in 2023, which has a strict definition of that term—”someone to whom you are legally married.”
That could become a problem for the left-wing darling, since willful misrepresentations on the documents are a no-no—they could subject her to criminal prosecution, the forms state—and members of Congress are required to disclose the financial information of their spouses, which Ocasio-Cortez has declined to do.
But taken at face value, four legal filings submitted to the House Ethics Committee pertaining to AOC’s overseas travels in 2022 and 2023 suggest the pair have been legally married at least since Jan. 13, 2023. If that is the case, the “Squad” member can no longer leverage the so-called boyfriend loophole to evade public disclosure of his finances. While lawmakers are required to disclose financial information about their spouses, live-in romantic partners and fiancés are exempt from the rule.
If they are not, her forms were filed incorrectly. “They are not legally married,” AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the Washington Free Beacon. “House Ethics has commonly recognized the term spouse to extend to long-term partners.”
Hitt’s statement is false. The House Ethics Committee, which has sole jurisdiction over the Code of Official Conduct that governs the acts of members of the House, defines a spouse as “someone to whom you are legally married.” Ocasio-Cortez had the option to describe Roberts as her fiancé in the forms to the committee, but instead, checked boxes representing him as her “spouse.”
She has to resign.https://t.co/nahC069ncq
— Donald Russo (@donaldrusso994) September 14, 2023
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — known as AOC — is under scrutiny for describing her fiancé, Riley Roberts, as her “spouse” in forms filed with the House Ethics Committee in 2023, despite not being married to him.
Ocasio-Cortez, in post-travel disclosure forms to the House Ethics Committee, listed Roberts as her “spouse” for a February trip to Japan and South Korea funded by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and an August trip to South America, funded by George Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society and the Center for Economic and Policy Research, according to the forms. Roberts allegedly paid his own expenses.
Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the Washington Free Beacon that Ocasio-Cortez and Roberts were not “legally married,” and said, “House Ethics has commonly recognized the term spouse to extend to long-term partners.”