Senate Dems Urge Investigation of Carson and Family

In a letter to HUD’s Inspector General, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) called for an investigation into HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson’s actions, and those of his family members, during his tenure. The request comes after press reports indicated that the Secretary defied warnings from HUD’s legal counsel and political appointees, and allowed his family members to participate in official HUD matters in which they may have had a financial interest. “Internal HUD emails revealed that family members are actively involved at HUD, and even requested a HUD staffer facilitate a meeting between them and other federal officials.  We are troubled by these reports and concerned that they indicate a broader pattern and practice that warrant a comprehensive review of the Secretary’s and his family’s actions at the Department,” the letter reads. While Carson requested on February 1st that the IG look into his and his family’s actions, the Senators are requesting a much more comprehensive inquiry. See the letter here.

Brenda Arredondo