Cummings demands documents about Conway’s flights with Price
The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee wants details from the White House about any private jet trips counselor Kellyanne Conway took with former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price.
In a letter to Conway, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked for documentation related to all of the private, noncommercial, or military flights she’s taken since joining the Trump administration.
According to a Politico investigation, Conway took multiple trips with Price related to the administration’s response to the opioid epidemic.
Price resigned last week following a series of public rebukes from President Trump and GOP lawmakers in the wake of disclosures about his use of private planes at taxpayers’ expense.
Cummings said he wants to know if Conway has any plans to reimburse taxpayers for her trips.
“You have not made any similar public statements indicating whether your own actions were appropriate, whether you will continue to take such flights at taxpayer expense in the future, or whether you plan to personally repay the taxpayers for the costs of your seats on these flights,” Cummings wrote.
In a separate letter, Cummings asked acting HHS Secretary Don Wright and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for a copy of Price’s check.
The Oversight Committee last month launched a bipartisan investigation into the use of private jets by Cabinet officials, but the committee’s chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) did not sign onto the most recent letters.
Cummings asked for a copy of Price’s flight payment by Friday, and records documenting Conway’s travel by Oct. 18.
The day before he resigned, Price had promised to repay the cost of his travels with a personal check.
However, HHS said he would only pay for the cost of “his share of the travel,” which amounts to just under $52,000. According to the Politico investigation, the cost to taxpayers of Price’s trips since May topped $1 million.