Judge Nap: Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff in 'Legal Jeopardy' After FEC Complaint
Saikat Chakrabarti allegedly ran $1M slush fund.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff could face legal jeopardy for apparently violating campaign finances law, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano.
An explosive complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission and obtained by Fox News reveals that Saikat Chakrabarti allegedly funneled nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees Chakrabarti established to private companies that he also controlled.
The FEC complaint asserts that the goal of the arrangement was seemingly to illegally dodge detailed legal reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act, which are designed to track campaign expenditures.
On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Napolitano said Ocasio-Cortez has railed against "dark money" in politics, but now her campaign is being accused of that very practice.
He explained that diverting money from the PACs to companies Chakrabarti controlled would only be lawful if it was in return for services rendered, of which there is apparently no record.
The PACs claimed the payments were for "strategic consulting."
"This now appears as though this is an effort to hide the existence and movement of [nearly] a million dollars from the Federal Election Commission, which requires you report it," Napolitano said.
He acknowledged this could be chalked up to a mistake or a misunderstanding, but it appears as though it was "an act of deception."
"That puts them in a dangerous category," he said. "Mistakes? The FEC will forgive, they may fine you for them. Deception? They call the Justice Department."
As for the potential ramifications, Napolitano said Ocasio-Cortez faces "political jeopardy," while Chakrabarti is in "legal jeopardy."
UPDATE: Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday denied violating federal campaign law.
“There is no violation,” Ocasio-Cortez exclusively told Fox News after landing Tuesday at Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Asked if the complaint shows she was connected to "dark money" during the campaign, Ocasio-Cortez replied, “No, no.”
Watch the "Fox & Friends" clip above, and see more from the judge on Fox Nation's "Liberty File."