Felony arrest warrant issued for Biden admin official Sam Brinton, reports indicate
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition at the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, has been accused of grand larceny, reports indicate
December 9, 2022 11:21am
Updated: December 9, 2022 12:01pm
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Biden administration Energy Department official Sam Brinton,
who was arrested for stealing a woman’s suitcase from a Minneapolis airport in September and accused of stealing more luggage at a Las Vegas's Harry Reid International Airport.
Brinton, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition at the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, has been accused of grand larceny according to Las Vegas CBS affiliate 8 News Now.
“A felony warrant was issued for Sam Brinton, a deputy assistant secretary, the network reported. “The charge is for grand larceny with a value between $1,200 and $5,000, records showed. Brinton is a deputy assistant secretary of the office of spent fuel and waste disposition, according to the Office of Nuclear Energy’s website.”
“Re. Sam Brinton, let’s call it what it is: a person clearly unfit for a high-level national security role was hired because the Admin prioritizes wokeness over competence,” U.S. Senator Tom Cotton tweeted.
In a scathing Dec. 6 letter, Georgia Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert and 15 other Republicans sent a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm demanding Brinton resign:
“We write to respectfully demand the resignation of the Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition, Sam Brinton, who was recently put on leave following felony theft charges,” the letter said.
“Despite not checking a bag before flying out of Washington, D.C., surveillance footage reveals Brinton taking and leaving with luggage from the baggage carousel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on September 16th.
“After initially lying to the police, Brinton later admitted to taking a suitcase valued at $2,325 and hiding the owner’s belongings in a hotel room.
“Alarmingly, Brinton has been observed using the stolen suitcase on multiple trips to Washington, D.C.3 , and was ultimately charged with felony theft, which carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.
“As you are aware, your Department issued notice that Sam Brinton was placed on leave without providing crucial context clarifying that Brinton’s recent employment status was the result of a felony charge.
“As an appointed official, Sam Brinton represents both your Department and the United States. It is simply not possible for an individual to represent American values and simultaneously violate the felony laws of the land.
“Brinton’s actions, along with your Department’s lack of transparency when dealing with this matter, reflect poorly on the Department of Energy, and they raise concern as to the Biden Administration’s priorities when appointing high-ranking officials.
“It is imperative that we do not allow a person charged with a felony to influence America’s policies,” the lawmakers said.
“Furthermore, our nation is in the midst of an energy crisis – a crisis that was unquestionably created by the Biden Administration’s reckless, radical, and failed policies. Your Department should be dedicated to a pro-American energy agenda, focusing on restoring energy independence and lowering energy prices across the nation.
“However, to many Americans, it appears that you are more interested in playing politics and protecting an employee who admitted to felony theft to police than providing real solutions for hard-working Americans,” they said.
“Therefore, we demand the resignation of Sam Brinton, and we implore you to set aside petty politics and appoint only the most qualified and dedicated individuals to influence America’s energy sector.”