Leading Democratic congressman, Elijah Cummings, wants answers from White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, as he launches an investigation into her private jet travel with Tom Price. The inquest comes as several Trump administration officials have faced scrutiny for taking such flights, including Tom Price, who resigned last Friday as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Cummings reportedly sent a letter to Conway on Wednesday requesting information about her use of private, non-commercial or military flights since she joined the Trump administration.
The letter, obtained by PoliticusUSA, states:
Price resigned after reports about his travel, including one that said his flying on non-commercial planes might have cost taxpayers more than $1 million since May. Prior to his resignation, Price made this statement:
“I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”
The amount he vowed to pay is an estimated cost of $52,000.
Reports indicated that Cummings also sent out a separate letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Don Wright asking for a copy of the check Price had promised to issue.
While all kinds of corruption surrounds them, the only thing the White House has to say is that it approved fewer support mission trips on military planes than the Obama White House did in the first eight months of the administration.
As always, the Trump administration cannot bare to own up to anything, so it’s easy to point the finger at Obama. What they don’t seem to grasp is that Obama never had this much scandal in his tenure. Obama passed meaningful legislation. Obama led the nation. The White House wishes Trump had half the statesman Obama had and still has today.