Cummings Asks Conway To Address Charter Flights She Took With Tom Price

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Now that Tom Price has resigned as health and human services secretary amid a slew of reports about his spending on private and government plane travel, totaling $1 million this year, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has come under scrutiny for the flights she took with Price.

White House Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, on Wednesday sent a letter to Conway asking her to detail her air travel since Trump’s inauguration and how much those flights cost.

Politico reported that Conway joined Price on a charter plane for a trip to Philadelphia. She also joined Price on a trip to four different states, flying on a private jet with the ousted secretary, Politico revealed.

In his letter, Cummings noted that Price apologized for his trips on private planes and pledged to pay back the government for the cost of his seat—but Conway has yet to address the matter.

“Despite the fact that you joined Secretary Price on several of these flights, you have not made any similar public statements indicating whether your own actions were appropriate, whether you will continue to take such flights at taxpayer expense in the future, or whether you plan to personally repay the taxpayers for the costs of your seats on these flights,” Cummings wrote in the letter.

The House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into Trump administration officials’ use of non-commercial planes to attend official events last week. In addition to Price and Conway, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have come under scrutiny for their travel on non-commercial planes.

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