Missouri congresswoman is under federal investigation, reportedly for security payments

Missouri congresswoman is under federal investigation, reportedly for security payments

Missouri Rep. Cori Bush on Tuesday confirmed that she’s under federal investigation for allegedly misusing campaign funds to pay for security services, allegations she denies. The story, which first was reported earlier that day by Punchbowl News, comes as Bush is trying to fend off a serious challenge from St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell in the state’s Aug. 6 Democratic primary.

While many details about the Justice Department’s probe have not yet been released, Bush indicated in a statement that the investigation at least partially concerns payments her campaign made to her husband, Cortney Merritts.

The congresswoman married Merritts, whom she’d previously paid for security work, in February. Her campaign went on to pay Merritts $42,500 during the first nine months of the year for “wage expense” and “security services.” (Reports for the final quarter of 2023 are due by Wednesday evening.)

“In recent months, right wing organizations have lodged baseless complaints against me, peddling notions that I have misused campaign funds to pay for personal security services,” the congresswoman wrote.

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