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AOC reveals she doesn't hold bitcoin because she wants to be an unbiased lawmaker

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't a bitcoin holder, the New York Representative disclosed on Monday. Members of Congress shouldn't hold or trade digital assets, in the same way that they should steer clear of stocks, AOC said on Instagram. AOC, who sits on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, said she wants to do her job as "ethically and impartially" as she can.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't getting caught up in the craze for cryptocurrencies.  

The New York Democrat, who has said it's "absolutely wild" that members of Congress can buy and trade stocks, believes the same applies to digital assets.

In an Instagram story on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez replied to a follower who asked whether she invests in bitcoin.

"Because we have access to sensitive information and upcoming policy, I do not believe members of Congress should hold/ trade individual stock and I choose not to hold any so I can remain impartial about policymaking," she said.

"I also extend that to digital assets/ currencies (especially bc I sit on Financial Services Committee)."

"So the answer is no bc I want to do my job as ethically and impartially as I can," the lawmaker added.

Ocasio-Cortez sits on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, which means she has a say in the oversight of Wall Street and financial institutions.

AOC says doesn't hold [email protected]/Instagram

The US representative has already expressed concerns about investments made by lawmakers. In August, she said "it shouldn't be legal" for members of Congress to buy or sell individual stocks.

Those comments came after Sen. Rand Paul revealed his wife's investment in coronavirus drug-maker Gilead. Paul's disclosure came 16 months after the 45-day deadline set under the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act), which is designed to reduce t...

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