Early this month, it was revealed in an inspector general’s report that Secretary Ben Carson had been cleared of any misconduct over an expensive dining set purchase. The Department of Housing and Urban Development investigators said no evidence had been found that Mr. Carson had acted improperly when he tried to buy a $31,000 dining room set for his office back in 2017.
According to the 14-page report, Mr. Carson and senior department staff members did not follow federal laws that actually prohibit expenditures of more than $5,000 on office furniture. If a purchase is going to exceed this amount, it requires congressional approval. Mr. Carson went against the law when he approved the purchase of the $31,000 dining set, consisting of a custom table, chairs and hutch to replace an old set.
Investigators have a different view on the situation. They have placed the blame not on Mr. Carson, … Read the rest