Senators demand investigation into Carson’s $31,000 dining set

Senators demand investigation into Carson’s $31,000 dining set


By:  Ryan Smith
MPA Magazine

 

Top Democratic senators are demanding an investigation into controversial spending at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On Tuesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to HUD’s inspector general requesting “that the Office of the Inspector General promptly open an investigation into the circumstances involving the expenditures for any furniture in the Secretary’s suite, as well as if there were any violations in the use of taxpayer funds for such purchases.”

“We should accept nothing less than a full and transparent explanation of what happened, whether any violations of ethics rules or law occurred, who is responsible for any violations, and how to prevent such violations in the future,” Brown and Menendez wrote. “If true, this is exactly the type of behavior that undermines Americans’ trust that their government will be an effective steward of their taxpayer dollars. Whistleblowers and federal government employees who expose waste, fraud, and abuse by public officials should be applauded, not retaliated against. We therefore respectfully request that the Office of the Inspector General promptly open an investigation into the allegations involving potential illicit activity regarding HUD official expenses.”

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