Federal Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Nikki Haley
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a federal government watchdog, asked the State Department Monday to investigate whether UN Ambassador Nikki Haley broke any regulations by accepting seven flights on private jets from three South Carolina executives last year. The trips were between New York, DC, and three cities in the former Governor's home state of South Carolina. Haley acknowledged the flights in her 2017 public financial disclosure report, basing the cost on first-class commercial airline tickets for the flights from New York to the three South Carolina cities. Her total was $3,219. But the four flights Haley took on a plane belonging to Jimmy Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs International in Spartanburg, alone were worth up to $24,000 based on publicly reported operating costs of a private jet CREW said. Federal ethics regulations ban employees from soliciting or accepting gifts because of their official positions. Haley claimed permissible exemptions on the flights from the executives, all of whom contributed to her gubernatorial campaigns because they are friends, according to her financial disclosure form. Haley’s work at the UN doesn’t directly link to her the donor’s business interests. However, CREW alleges that her close access to the president “makes her a valuable contact for anyone affected by his administration’s policies.” More here.