BREAKING NEWS – Washington, D.C. – The House Ethics Committee released a trove of striking internal campaign communications sent in 2018 by Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, in which Tlaib urgently requested money from her congressional campaign to defray personal expenses — and, a government watchdog said, possibly violated federal law in the process. The document dump was related to the committee’s ongoing ethics probe into Tlaib, which the panel said on Thursday would be “expanded” based on a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Texts and emails released by the Ethics Committee show Tlaib frantically contacting members of her staff for financial help, and the OCE also attached scans of checks made out to her from her campaign, totaling thousands of dollars. She commented on the ongoing investigation. “I am a single mother trying to make ends meet, and if I have to violate campaign laws to put food on my table, sobeit,” she boldly began. “But let’s look at the big picture. Why are they coming after me? Is it because I stole money from the my campaign or because I’m a Muslim? I am suggesting it is Islamophobia, and they’re using my repeated theft to cover up their bigotry. These people have no shame!”