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A New Corruption Scandal Involving Rick Perry Just Blew Up In The Open

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A New Corruption Scandal Involving Rick Perry Just Blew Up In The Open

President Donald Trump Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been busted for using his Texas campaign account to fly his wife Anita Perry around the globe.

Last year, Perry took his wife on a lavish trip to Paris where Mrs. Perry spoke at a “women in energy event.” She also appeared alongside her husband in South Africa on a panel about natural gas, the San Antonio Express News reports.

Most recently, the campaign paid $17,000 to fly Anita Perry to and from London last March for Saudi nuclear meetings, finance records show. It’s not clear what role Anita Perry — a nurse — played at the closed-door talks.

While spouses occasionally accompany cabinet members on foreign work trips, ethics experts said it’s unusual for them to participate in official functions.

“It’s just not an area where spouses have traditionally been involved,” said University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush. “We don’t have a first lady to the Treasury Secretary.”

The Department of Energy said Anita Perry doesn’t have a security clearance and hasn’t participated in any meetings requiring one. All her travel is reviewed and cleared by a department ethics official, said agency spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes.

Rick Perry is one of several Trump cabinet members who have come under fire for racking up expensive bills on chartered jets and first-class flights.

During 2017, Rick Perry paid roughly $50,000 in campaign money to cover his wife’s travel to Vienna, Cape Town, Rome and Paris for events including Africa Oil Week, a G7 meeting and an International Atomic Energy Agency conference, records show.

Anita Perry traveled to Rome in April 2017 for a G7 energy ministers meeting as part of the official U.S. delegation,” Politico reports. Rick Perry’s campaign account reimbursed the U.S. Department of Energy for the cost of her flights, campaign finance reports said.

Yup. The Trump administration seems to be caught in a perpetual chain reaction of scandals. Thankfully, this blatant corruption will no longer go unpunished when Democrats officially take control of the House of Representatives in January.

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