Ousted Price re­pays $60k

The Palm Beach Post - - BACK OF THE FRONT - By Ri­cardo Alonso-Zal­divar

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer health sec­re­tary Tom Price re­paid the govern­ment nearly $60,000 for his costs fly­ing on pri­vate char­ters for of­fi­cial busi­ness, House Democrats re­vealed Tues­day.

But White House Coun­selor Kellyanne Con­way flew on some of those same trips, and Democrats want to know how much that cost.

“The White House has com­pletely stonewalled our re­quests for doc­u­ments,” Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings, D-Md., said in a let­ter press­ing House Over­sight Chair­man Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to sub­poena travel records for Con­way and other White House of­fi­cials.

Spend­ing on travel and of­fice fur­nish­ings by top of­fi­cials have be­come a run­ning story in a tu­mul­tuous first year for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. The White House had no im­me­di­ate com­ment on Cum­mings’ let­ter.

Price was forced to re­sign last fall af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pub­licly ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure over his travel on char­ter jets in­stead of com­mer­cial flights.

The Trea­sury Depart­ment con­firmed to House in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Price sent three checks to­tal­ing about $59,400 for travel ex­penses, Cum­mings said.

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