AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, has resigned his position the day before we find out that he is under investigation for campaign irregularities.
He is leaving AOC ostensibly to work on promoting the Green New Deal but he might be trying to put some distance between himself and his creation. It was Chakrabarti who engineered AOC’s victory in 2018 and he will witness her defeat in 2020.
We previously learned that he directed camp[aign funds to a company he owned and that both he and AOC led a PAC that was supporting her candidacy, which is illegal.
Possible campaign finance irregularities by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s former chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti may form the basis of a federal probe, according to a report in the New York Post.
This follows news Friday that Saikat Chakrabarti, the congresswoman’s chief of staff since January, and Corbin Trent, her communications director, would be parting ways with her congressional office in the next few weeks.
Chakrabarti, who masterminded Ocasio-Cortez’s election to Congress, is heading to New Consensus, a nonprofit working to bolster the Green New Deal and other climate change initiatives, as Breitbart New reported.
According to the Post, both men will be subject to examination. The exact agency charged with responsibility for conducting the probe is not named in the newspaper’s report.
Chakrabarti previously caused uproar in the halls of Congress with a series of combative tweets that contributed to a rift between his rookie boss and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“People were not happy that he used his Twitter account to comment about members and the bills that he and his boss oppose,” a senior House Democratic staffer said, according to the Post report. “There was a series of colliding and cascading grievances.”