When President Trump rejected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi use of a military airplane for a CODEL (congressional delegation journey) to Afghanistan just recently, he called the public’s attention to inefficient taxpayer-funded congressional travel.In his letter to
Pelosi obstructing the journey, President Trump discussed the 800,000 federal workers going without pay. The genuine paradox is that U.S. federal government workers in Afghanistan, who were amongst those not being paid, worked for two weeks to prepare the trip– and on a vacation weekend.We at Judicial Watch were not at all amazed by this absurdity.
For several years we have been exposing the lucrative travel our leaders enjoy at taxpayer expense.TRUMP MADE DEMS ‘APPEAR LIKE FOOLS’ BY CANCELING PELOSI TRIP, MSNBC’S CHRIS MATTHEWS SAYS We have actually long kept in mind Pelosi’s abuse of the perks of public office that gave her access to luxury military travel. This existing expedition is hardly brand-new for her.In 2009, throughout Pelosi’s first speakership, we uncovered files from the Department of Defense detailing her multiple demands for military air travel.
The documents consisted of internal DOD email correspondence detailing efforts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s many requests for military escorts and military airplane along with the speaker’s last-minute cancellations and modifications. https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-documents-detailing-pelosis-repeated-requests-military-travel/In response to a series of ask for military airplane, one Defense Department official wrote,” Any possibility of nicely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they actually plan to do all of these or are they simply choosing every weekend? … [T] here’s no need to obstruct every weekend’ just in case’ …” The email
likewise notes that Pelosi’s office had,” a history of canceling much of their past demands. “One DOD official complained about the” hidden costs” associated with the speaker’s last-minute modifications and cancellations.” We have … folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets and so on” The documents include a conversation of House Ethics guidelines and Defense Department policies as they use to the speaker’s ask for personnel, partners and extended family to accompany her on military airplane. In Might 2008, for example, Pelosi asked for that her hubby join her on a CODEL into Iraq. The DOD discussed to Pelosi that the agency has a written policy restricting spouses from joining CODEL’s into battle zones.We reported in 2010 that Pelosi’s jet travel cost the Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year duration–$ 101,429.14 of which was for in-flight costs, consisting of food and alcohol. Some information: The average cost of an international CODEL was$ 228,563.33. Of the 103 Pelosi-led CODELs, 31 trips included members of the House Speaker’s family.One CODEL traveling through Tel Aviv, Israel, to Baghdad, Iraq, May 15-20, 2008, consisted of members of Congress and their partners and
cost$ 17,931 per hour in airplane alone. Purchases for the CODEL included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark scotch, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi
Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels bourbon, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP And the CODELs didn’t stop after Speaker Pelosi lost power in 2010. We recently launched more FOIA documents revealing a costs for$ 184.587.81 for then-House Minority Leader Pelosi’s CODEL to Italy and Ukraine in 2015. Shutdowns aside, offered that our national debt is nearly$ 22 trillion, it may be affordable to ask members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, to forego both the booze and the frivolous junkets.CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE FROM TOM FITTON%%item_read_more_button %%.