Ben Carson Unearths Exciting New Evidence of His Own Incompetence
Ben Carson Unearths Exciting New Evidence of His Own Incompetence
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson previously denied having any involvement in the purchase of furniture for his office
14 March, 2018, 22:27
Regardless of the office's original intent regarding the repairing or replacing of its current furniture, the emails reveal that Secretary Carson, his team, and his wife - who was directly addressed in one of the correspondences - were directly involved in the process leading up to the $31,000 dining set's purchase. The quote for the furniture picked out by Carson and his wife totaled $24,666, according to the emails.
In one email with the subject line "Secretary's dining room set needed", a staffer is said to have "print outs [sic] of the furniture the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out". The furniture, he said, was "characterized as unsafe" and was "beyond fix and needed to be replaced".
Asked about Foster's allegations late last month, HUD spokesman Raffi Williams said: "When presented with options by professional staff, Mrs. Carson participated in the selection of specific styles".
"I don't think it even crossed her mind, this separate room", he said of the decorating plans. "I have requested that the order be canceled".
HUD staffer Aida Rodriguez emailed Secretary Ben Carson's chief of staff and executive assistant regarding furniture Carson and his wife "picked out".
Emails Show Carson And His Wife Were Involved In Buying Dining Set
HUD Secretary Ben Carson is under fire after new emails contradict his claims that he didn't have a hand in ordering high-priced furniture on taxpayers' dime.
"Are you available on any of those dates and would you like to come in and have input on the redecorating?" it asks her.
The furniture hunt did not end in February, however: an aging conference table and its accompanying chairs used for Carson's private lunches with guests proved so problematic that his deputies chose to order a replacement at the cost of $31,561. "I made it known that I was not happy about the prices being charged and that my preference would be to find something more reasonable".
Two days later, however, another HUD staffer reports that officials have located used furniture there that will be delivered to both the secretary and deputy secretary's office. In addition, the initial Times report noted that a whistleblower claimed that Candy Carson had pressured her to find a way around a $5,000 limit on renovation expenses.
While the initial quote for the furniture came in at $24,666, the final bill came to almost $7,000 more, due to delivery and installation charges, along with a price increase for the upholstered chairs.
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