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Democrat Karen Bass linked to federal corruption case over $95,000 scholarship

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) is increasingly linked to a federal corruption case involving the University of Southern California (USC), which allegedly gave Bass and another politician’s daughter a scholarship in exchange of support for legislation to obtain funding.

Bass won the June 7 primary in Los Angeles and will face Republican-turned-Democrat businessman Rick Caruso.

As Breitbart News noted last year, Bass received a $95 scholarship — while serving in Congress — to pursue graduate school part-time at USC. A school official reportedly hoped Bass would support legislation to fund the school’s social work program.

USC official Marilyn Flynn was charged, along with local city council member and power broker Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Bass won permission from Congress to receive the award, but did not list it on campaign financial disclosures for years.

Now she is increasingly linked to the case against Flynn, although federal officials say she is not a target. The Los Angeles Times Remarks:

By giving Bass free tuition in 2011, Flynn hoped to get the congresswoman’s help to pass coveted legislation, prosecutors wrote in a court filing in July. Bass then sponsored a bill in Congress that would have expanded USC and other private universities’ access to federal funding for social work — “just as defendant Flynn wanted,” the filing states.

Federal prosecutors this week declined to elaborate on their statements regarding the stock market. “At this time and based on the evidence obtained to date, Rep. Bass is not a target or subject of investigation by our office,” said Thom Mrozek, director of media relations for the office. of the US Attorney in Los Angeles.

But with Flynn and Ridley-Thomas on trial in November, the circumstances of Bass’ free mastery could become an increasingly contested part of the case. In June, attorneys for Flynn subpoenaed USC for correspondence regarding Bass’s scholarship and honors or benefits bestowed on the congresswoman, according to a copy of the subpoena filed last month.

Another difficulty in the case: Caruso was the chairman of USC’s board of trustees when the university reported the alleged corruption to the FBI.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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