A prominent Department of Energy figure in the Biden Administration has been charged with stealing a checked bag from the baggage claim belt at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport.
Biden Administration Official Charged With Baggage Theft At MSP Airport
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition Sam Brinton has been called the “first openly gender-fluid person in federal government leadership.” Brinton also is charged with stealing baggage from a luggage conveyor belt at Minneapolis (MSP) Airport after an American Eagle flight from Washington (DCA) to MSP.
According to the criminal complaint:
Minnesota alleged that Brinton on Sep. 16 was seen on airport surveillance footage removing “a navy blue hard-sided roller bag” from a baggage claim carousel — a bag similar to one reported missing that day.
Brinton “removed the blue bag’s tag and put the bag tag in the handbag they were carrying,” and “left the area at a quick pace,” the complaint said.
The woman who reported the bag missing, and identified the bag as hers in multiple surveillance videos, said the total value of items in the allegedly stolen bag was roughly $2,325, the complaint said.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police Department confirmed that Brinton, who identifies as genderfluid and uses ‘they,’ ‘them’ and ‘theirs’ as personal pronouns, had arrived on an American Airlines flight from Washington, and that they had not checked a bag on that flight.
Brinton checked that bag when returning to Washington a few days later.
Based upon the security camera footage, police followed up with Brinton, who denied wrongdoing, stating:
“If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have clothes for another individual. That was my clothes when I opened the bag.”
But Brinton later “clarified” that perhaps the bag was the wrong one:
According to the complaint, Brinton revised their statement and said they were “tired and took the suitcase thinking it was theirs.” After opening the bag and realizing it wasn’t theirs, Brinton said they were “nervous people would think they stole the bag and did not know what to do.”
Brinton said they left the clothes that had been in the bag in a drawer at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront hotel, where they were staying. The complaint said that “no clothing was recovered from the hotel room.” At the time the complaint was filed, Brinton had not yet returned the bag.
The Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel has been placed in charge of the office “for the foreseeable future.
As Gary Leff writes, a person in this position must be beyond reproach. Even if it was an honest mistake in the first place, lying to cops over something like this is very odd and not fitting for government service at any level.