The Department of Energy refuses to fire non-binary manager Sam Brinton as he is accused of a second baggage theft at the airport.
Brinton, who was appointed in June, is now charged with stealing suitcases from airports in Minneapolis and Las Vegas.
They are due in court in Minnesota on the first charges, related to an incident in September while on their way to a conference.
Thursday evening it emerged that a second arrest warrant had been filed, this time in Las Vegas, for a separate alleged robbery.
Sam Brinton, the non-binary Department of Energy official charged with theft in Minnesota, was accused of stealing a second suitcase from a Nevada airport
Details of this alleged crime have not yet been made public. Brinton has yet to comment on the scandal. They are due in court in Minneapolis on December 19.
Sam Brinton, career civil servant, is on administrative leave
Department of Energy Spokesperson
There are growing calls among Republicans for Brinton – who enjoys some level of nuclear clearance thanks to his role – to be fired.
“If these latest allegations are true, Sam Brinton’s misconduct and gross lapse in judgment are worse than we thought – signaling disqualifying criminal behavior to represent the Department of Energy and influence policy.
“Brinton must be fired immediately,” Representative Andrew Clyde told DailyMail.com on Friday.
Congressman Troy Nehls also demanded Brinton’s firing or resignation this morning, saying they should be “fired immediately” and have their clearance revoked.
But the Department of Energy has so far only furloughed Brinton.
In a statement to DailyMail.com on Friday, after the arrest warrant was filed in Las Vegas, a spokesperson said, “The Department of Energy takes criminal prosecutions of DOE employees and licensees very seriously. of an authorization.”
“Sam Brinton, a career civil servant, is on administrative leave.
Republican Congressman Troy Nehls was among those demanding Brinton’s resignation today
As of 2019, Brinton has been married to their husband, Kevin Rieck (left). The couple started dating in 2015
“The Department is limited by law on what it can disclose about personnel matters, such as an employee’s clearance status.
‘Generally, as the Department has previously stated, if a DOE clearance holder is charged with a crime, the case would be immediately reviewed by DOE personnel security officials and, depending on the circumstances , this review could lead to the suspension or revocation of the authorization. .’
The White House has repeatedly declined to comment on the scandal, saying it was a non-political matter.
The Department of Energy has also tried to steer Biden away from the issue.
Brinton, a 34-year-old non-binary drag queen, admitted to stealing a navy blue hard-sided Vera Bradley suitcase from the baggage carousel worth $2,325 after lying to police and saying it was their luggage . Pictured: Brinton spotted heading to the airport on February 28, 2022
Brinton was appointed in June to much fanfare.
Their profile remains on the Department of Energy website.
“Sam is also a well-known advocate for LGBTQ youth and has helped secure protections against the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy in more than half the country.
“They identify as gender fluids and use the pronouns them, them, and theirs,” reads their bio.
In addition to working at the Department of Energy, they also hold seminars and conferences, including a recent event on spanking.
Brinton lives in Washington DC with their husband.
The criminal complaint from the first incident describes how Brinton traveled from Washington DC to Minneapolis without checked baggage, but then retrieved one from the baggage carousel once they landed in Minnesota.
Airport surveillance footage – which has yet to be released – reportedly shows them removing the luggage tug from the bag and placing it in their handbag.
When the cops first called them, they played dumb. Then they phoned the authorities themselves and admitted taking the bag, but insisted it was a mistake and they were just tired.