Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) only has a few weeks left in office, but her legacy may now be tarnished forever.
She has been charged with trading access to her office in exchange for “impermissible gifts” from the Met Gala.
The matter is currently being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics (ECO).
According to the OCE, Maloney may have broken congressional ethics rules by making a request for gala tickets in 2016.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in her district, where she has served in Congress since 1993.
She was only ousted this year when congressional districts were redrawn and she had to fight it out with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).
While many members of Congress attend the Gala, they always contend they are invited guests.
In 2016, that was apparently not the case for Maloney…
NEW - Office of Congressional Ethics report just released by House Ethics finds Rep. Carolyn Maloney "may have
solicited or accepted impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala." If she did so this could violate House rules, standards of conduct & the law pic.twitter.com/ph2nOnuMdF
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) November 21, 2022
An email chain was discovered because Maloney’s invite had been canceled due to downsizing.
She sent a letter expressing her disappointment, especially considering all she had done for the Met.
A staffer wrote, “She went on about how much she does for the Met, always responsive when you call, and proactive re the institution’s concerns in DC. She has been coming to the party for years, and it is the one thing she cares about.”
Members of Congress are permitted to accept an “offer of free attendance” when the offer is “unsolicited.”
Openly asking for the tickets violated a federal law that forbids members of Congress from “solicit[ing] or accept[ing] anything of value from a person seeking official action from, doing business with, or (in the case of executive branch officers and employees) conducting activities regulated by, the individual’s employing entity.”
This would be a massive stain on a career that has lasted three decades.
Forgive me if I do not feel sorry for the congresswoman and I am actually hoping they find her guilty.
Source: Daily Caller