Democrat Reps. Eric Swalwell (CA) and Ruben Gallego (AZ) posed in a photo during a trip to Qatar earlier this year that was allegedly paid for by a special interest group.
“The pandemic-era excursion appears to have happened during a trip funded by the US-Qatar Business Council, a trade group that spent more than $84,000 to fly Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona and their loved ones to Qatar, along with three other lawmakers, according to the nonpartisan LegiStorm website that tracks such travel,” Business Insider reported. “The photos suggest the lawmakers strayed from their official duties during the trip — one of several that private interests have paid for dozens of lawmakers’ travel this year. It’s unclear whether the camel ride violated House ethics rules about privately funded travel.”
The trip came as America was still largely gripped by the coronavirus pandemic and as vaccination efforts were ramping up. Three other lawmakers, including Reps. Luis Correa