Fashion designer recognizes her stolen clothes on disgraced Biden suitcase thief

Disgraced former Biden administration official Sam Brinton is once again back in the headlines courtesy of his pesky habit of allegedly stealing women’s luggage.

This time a female Tanzanian fashion designer who lives in Houston has accused Brinton of stealing her luggage and then flagrantly wearing her clothes.


The fashion designer, Asya Khamsin, lost her luggage while at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on March 9th, 2018, according to Fox News.

Four to five years later, she then noticed Brinton in newspaper/media photos wearing some of the same custom-made clothes she’d lost back at the airport years later.

“I saw the images. Those were my custom designs, which were lost in that bag in 2018. He wore my clothes, which was stolen,” she told Fox News in an interview this week.

After the theft in 2018, she reportedly filed a police report with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department and with Delta Air Lines but the case was never solved and her clothes remained missing.

But once Khamsin started seeing Brinton wearing her clothes, she filed a new complaint in December, this with time with the Houston Police Department.

A month later, she received a call from the FBI’s field office in Minneapolis.

“Houston police, I guess, they [sent] the case to the FBI in Minnesota. He called to say, ‘I’m the FBI, I’m working on this case.’ Then my wife gave him the information and we didn’t hear anything. We don’t know whether the case is on. We don’t know whether the case is cold,” Khamsin’s husband explained to Fox News.

When pressed by Fox News, the FBI declined to comment on the case. All that’s known at the moment is that Brinton hasn’t yet been charged.

Nor has the Biden administration, which purportedly cares so much about “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” commented on this particular case.

In fairness to the Biden administration, it did terminate Brinton after his previous luggage thefts became apparent.

“Sam Brinton is no longer a DOE employee. By law, the Department of Energy cannot comment further on personnel matters,” a Department of Energy spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Monday, Dec. 12th.

Brinton is already facing serious prison time over two separate luggage thefts.

“On Oct. 26, Minnesota prosecutors charged Brinton with stealing a suitcase worth $2,325 from a Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport baggage carousel in September. Brinton faces up to five years in prison for the alleged crime and was released without bail following a court hearing last week,” according to Fox News.

“Then, in early December, Nevada prosecutors charged Brinton with grand larceny of an item valued between $1,200 and $5,000. Brinton was accused of stealing a suitcase with a total estimate worth of $3,670 on July 6 at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. Brinton was released after a judge set bail in the case at $15,000 and ordered Brinton to ‘stay out of trouble,'” Fox News notes.

In separate but related news, congressional Republicans have called for an internal DOE investigation over Brinton’s hiring.

Senate GOP Conference chair John Barrasso said in December that the DOE should examine its “failed security clearance process” and how it’d vetted Brinton.

Afterward, several watchdog groups told the Washington Examiner that this sort of internal investigation would be entirely warranted.

“The American people need to know the security clearance process is focused on safeguarding secrets, not on ensuring that politically correct activists with problematic backgrounds still get jobs,” American Accountability Foundation president Tom Jones told the outlet.

Paul Kamenar, counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, agreed with Jones but added that the Department of Justice should also charge Brinton with violating a certain federal law that reportedly pertains to stealing articles in interstate commerce.

“The federal law specifically mentions stealing from airport terminals and has been used to prosecute airport baggage handlers stealing luggage,” Kamenar explained.

Meanwhile, Pete McGinnis, a spokesman for the Functional Government Initiative, also backed the call for an internal investigation.

“We now know that there have been multiple incidents of theft committed by Brinton. This is clearly a pattern, and it raises questions about the security clearance process, including interim security clearances, to see if it needs to be revised to make sure individuals like Brinton are identified before incidents like this happen,” he told the Examiner.

Vivek Saxena


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