Earlier this week, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson traveled to Pheonix, Arizona to be Donald Trump’s token black friend who just knows the president isn’t a racist because he hired him…or some nonsense like that. Well, it turns out, Carson’s little adventure to stump for Trump may have violated federal law and now a watchdog group is coming after the secretary.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a request with HUD asking for ” “all records pertaining to the authorization for and payment of” Carson’s trip to Trump’s campaign rally. The group wants to find out if the secretary violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees including cabinet members, from using their office for political campaigns. Questions arose about whether or not Carson was there in an official capacity when he was introduced as the “secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
In a statement CREW said:
The requested records would go a long way toward answering the question of the secretary’s capacity at the rally, the extent to which his participation was taxpayer-funded, and the extent to which other HUD officials assisted the secretary in making a campaign-related speech.
HUD has said that Carson’s trip was not paid for by the agency and that he was there for in a “personal capacity,” therefore he did not break the law. Nevertheless, CREW wants the documents to prove that, especially given the fact that the Trump Administration is notorious for their lies. Or maybe, the watchdog group just wants Ben Carson to stab them in the belt buckle like he said he stabbed his friend when he was a kid.