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Ros-Lehtinen: Beyoncé, Jay-Z not ‘above the law’

RNC Communications - April 9, 2013

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) on Tuesday vowed to investigate how celebrity stars Beyoncé and Jay-Z, two high-profile Obama supporters, were authorized to travel to Cuba, saying that “no one is above the law.” 

“No one is above the law even if you are the diva Beyoncé. That’s wonderful that she is famous and rich, and Jay-Z -- everybody loves him too, but no one’s above the law,” said Ros-Lehtinen on CNN’s “Starting Point.”

The two celebrities traveled to the communist country to celebrate their wedding anniversary last month, sparking congressional anger and inquiries into whether they violated U.S. law. Travel to Cuba is banned except under specific visas from the Treasury Department.

Ros-Lehtinen said that she had pressed Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for answers on who approved the trip.

“OFAC said it would take them a few days to respond to our congressional inquiry, which is kind of a farce in itself,” she said. “It’s very easy to check.”

On Monday, the White House sought to distance itself from the controversy, saying that the decision was made by the Treasury Department. 

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