New details have emerged about an alleged baggage theft involving Sam Brinton, a former non-binary senior Department of Energy (DOE) official. Documents obtained by the watchdog group Functional Government Initiative (FGI) shed light on this troubling incident, revealing that Brinton was accused of stealing a suitcase during a taxpayer-funded business trip.
Brinton traveled to the DOE-operated Nevada National Security Site near Las Vegas in July 2022. On the same day, July 6, it is alleged that Brinton stole a suitcase from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. The stolen bag contained valuable items, including jewelry, clothing, and makeup, with an estimated worth of $3,670.
This incident raises concerns about the vetting process for senior-level positions within the federal government. It is alarming that a senior official could be involved in such a petty crime while on official business. It highlights the need for a closer look at the personnel procedures in place.
Brinton, who identifies as non-binary gender-fluid, made headlines last year for their appointment as the deputy assistant secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition at the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. The appointment itself sparked questions about qualifications and suitability for critical positions.
The trip to the Nevada National Security Site was reportedly for an unspecified meeting and site visit. The site is known for supporting national defense programs and research. Brinton stayed at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for four days, with the trip costing approximately $1,951.50, according to a DOE expense report.
Despite the charges brought against Brinton, they managed to avoid jail time by pleading no contest. However, they were ordered to pay restitution to the victim and additional fees. The lenient outcome raises concerns about the consequences faced by individuals involved in criminal activities.
The case also highlights the need for a thorough examination of the security clearance process within the DOE. How could someone with a history of baggage theft hold a security clearance? Sen. John Barrasso has called for an internal investigation into the agency’s security clearance process, stressing the importance of trustworthiness in critical national security positions.
Immediate action is necessary to address these concerns and ensure a robust and thorough vetting process for senior-level positions. Transparency and accountability are paramount when it comes to national security. The Department of Energy must take appropriate steps to protect our nation and restore confidence in its operations.
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