Now isn’t this interesting?
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York faced scrutiny for identifying her partner, Riley Roberts, as her “spouse” on various disclosure forms submitted to the House Ethics Committee, even though the two were not officially married.
According to Fox, this situation came to light as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the “Squad,” referred to Riley Roberts as her “spouse” in several disclosure forms related to her overseas travels spanning 2022 and 2023. The initial report on this matter came from the Washington Free Beacon. It’s worth noting that the House Ethics Committee explicitly defines a spouse as someone with whom you are legally married.
While Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not provide a response to a request for comment from Fox News Digital, her Press Secretary, Lauren Hitt, conveyed that Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez were not legally married. However, Hitt stated that House Ethics has commonly recognized the term “spouse” to encompass long-term partners.
Had Roberts been legally recognized as Ocasio-Cortez’s spouse, he would have been obligated to disclose his financial records.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had publicly announced her engagement to Riley Roberts in May 2022. The couple’s relationship began when they were both students at Boston University and met at a coffee shop.
In a separate development earlier this year, the House Office of Congressional Ethics expressed concerns that Ocasio-Cortez may have improperly accepted gifts in the form of tickets during her attendance at the 2021 Met Gala. A report from the Office of Congressional Ethics detailed accusations of her accepting “impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala in 2021,” which could have potentially violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that recently, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez called for the Department of Justice to investigate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas regarding his financial connections with a Republican megadonor and others, alleging that he may have received financial benefits from them.