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Emails reveal Ben Carson knew about $31000 dining set

Emails reveal Ben Carson knew about $31000 dining set

Newly released emails show that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson and his wife chose a $31,000 furniture set, despite claims from Carson and his spokesman that he had no involvement in the decision, CNN reported Wednesday.

According to CNN, an email from a staffer referred to "printouts of the furniture the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out".

"Mrs. Carson and the secretary had no awareness that the table was being purchased", he told CNN in February.

Carson's team later claimed that the legal cap did not apply to the $31,000 furniture order, because the dining set would be for the benefit of the entire Hud headquarters staff. Mr. Carson later said he was "surprised" by price and requested that the order be cancelled.

"The secretary did not order a new table", this person said. Candy Carson was apparently so uninterested in the whole thing that Jacie Coressel was "still waiting" to hear from her a day after her initial email.

That directly contradicts statements department spokesman Raffi Williams previously issued denying Candy Carson knew about the pricey purchase. "Are you available on any of those dates and would you like to come in and have input on the redecorating?"

A spokesperson initially denied Ben and Candy Carson had anything to do with selecting the dining room set.




"I did not request new furniture, but asked if it could be remediated". "All the furniture in his office was purchased by the government prior to his arrival".

The career administration staffer sent the quote to Carson's office, specifically Carson's chief of staff and his executive assistant, casting further doubt on the agency's assertion that the purchase was made entirely by career staff. The quote for the furniture picked out by Carson and his wife totaled $24,666, according to the emails.

Two days later, however, another HUD staffer reports that officials have located used furniture there that will be delivered to both the secretary and deputy secretary's office.

One email sent on August 29, 2017, by Aida Rodriguez, an administrative officer in the secretary's office, summarizes that $24,666 quote as "a very reasonable price", adding "the funds are available".

Foster has alleged in a complaint to a whistleblower agency that she was demoted and replaced with a Donald Trump appointee after refusing to break the law by breaking a $5,000 spending cap for improvements to Carson's office. The set included a Newport dining table with a mahogany finish along with upholstered chairs.

"I briefly looked at catalogs for dining furniture and was shocked by the cost of the furniture", he wrote.


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