Remember Sam Brinton, the cartoonish non-binary luggage thief President Biden’s Department of Energy (DOE) picked as the deputy assistant secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy?
Well, it turns out, taxpayer dollars paid for the secret business trip Brinton was on when he lifted the luggage at Las Vegas’s Harry Reid International Airport on July 6, 2022, according to internal DOE “filings and expense reports obtained by watchdog group Functional Government Initiative (FGI) and shared with Fox News Digital.”
As BizPac Review reported in December 2022, the luggage Brinton stole contained — in addition to $850 in clothing and $500 worth of the makeup he so dearly loves — $1,700 in jewelry.
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) December 11, 2022
With the total value of his ill-gotten gains ultimately estimated at $3,670, Brinton was charged with grand larceny.
The July 6 date of the crime fell on the same day Brinton traveled from Washington, D.C. to Sin City for an “unspecified meeting” at the Nevada National Security Site, Fox News Digital reports.
The Nevada National Security Site “is a preferred location for experiments supporting the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons Stockpile Stewardship Programs, national defense programs, and national security research, development and training programs, as well as vital programs of other federal agencies,” according to the DOE.
And Brinton evidently made the very most of his trip, no doubt praying that “what happens in Vegas” would truly “stay in Vegas.”
The disgraced official stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Las Vegas Strip before departing on July 9.
“Overall, the total cost of the four-day trip was estimated to be $1,951.50, a DOE expense report filed in August 2022 showed,” Fox News Digital reports.
“It’s outrageous that tax dollars transported Brinton to and from the scene of a crime, putting the American public unwittingly at the wheel of the getaway car,” FGI spokesperson Peter McGinnis told the outlet in a statement.
“The federal government obviously needs a more stringent vetting process for senior-level positions,” McGinnis said. “Senior officials committing petty crime while on the clock is a clear indication that something is dysfunctional in the personnel procedures.”
In April 2023, Brinton caught a break. What started as felony charges were dropped to misdemeanor theft, and he was allowed to plea “no contest.”
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) April 15, 2023
Brinton agreed to pay his victim restitution and received a suspended jail sentence of just 180 days.
After the Las Vegas incident, he went on to steal luggage from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on Sept. 16th — a crime for which he also avoided jail time.
And in May, Brinton was nabbed a third time on grand larceny charges over the alleged theft of a suitcase belonging to a Tanzanian fashion designer while he was at Ronald Reagan National Airport.
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) May 27, 2023
The news that Americans paid for Brinton’s Vegas caper is a reflection of President Biden’s tenure in the White House.
“We have coke in the White House, nudity in the rose garden, flag hung incorrectly and thieves flying on tax payer dollars!” exclaimed one user on Twitter. “What has happened to our country under this administration!”
We have coke in the White House, nudity in the rose garden, flag hung incorrectly and thieves flying on tax payer dollars! What has happened to our country under this administration! @WhiteHouse https://t.co/PuR5tPR3Dx
— Steel Town Girl (@mcelh43488) July 17, 2023
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