Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell has denied allegations that she misused campaign funds during her bid for the United States Senate.
O'Donnell is defending herself amidst reports that Federal investigators are conducting a probe into her past spending. On Dec. 29, The Associated Press (AP) reported that two FBI agents and two Federal prosecutors have been assigned to the case, which stems from accusations that O'Donnell used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses.
In an interview with FOX News, O'Donnell said that she never misappropriated campaign funds, and she added that the criminal investigation was just another attempt to discredit the Tea Party movement.
"It appears that this is just the same thug tactics that they've been using for months to discredit this anti-establishment movement," O'Donnell told the news provider.
The U.S. Attorney General's office in Delaware has confirmed that it is looking into complaints that were made by watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which alleged that O'Donnell had misused funds.
During an interview on ABC's Good Morning America on Dec. 30, O'Donnell called the Federal investigation a "thug politic tactic." She also claimed that the AP was tipped off about the probe before her lawyer or anyone in her team was notified. She added that the woman who spearheaded the CREW complaint is a former staffer for Vice President Joe Biden and is "so far to the left that she's to the left of most leftists."