The White House refused to answer growing questions this week surrounding an administration official’s recent criminal charges after the person was accused of stealing luxury luggage from an airport baggage carousel.
From Fox News:
The Biden administration refused to say whether a top official overseeing nuclear waste policy continues receiving government pay after being charged with theft.
While the Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed that Samuel Brinton, who was named deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition over the summer, was placed on leave, the agency has yet to say whether Brinton is still on its payroll. In October, Brinton was charged with stealing a suitcase worth $2,325 from a baggage carousel at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport.
“Sam Brinton is on leave from DOE, and Dr. Kim Petry is performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition,” a DOE spokesperson told Fox News Digital in a statement earlier this week.
Fox News Digital contacted the DOE multiple times Thursday but did not receive a response about whether Brinton continued to receive a government paycheck despite the outstanding charges.