10 members of Congress took trip secretly
funded by foreign government —
BY SCOTT HIGHAM, STEVEN RICH AND ALICE CRITES,
Lawmakers and their staff members received hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of travel expenses, silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs valued at $2,500 to $10,000, according to the ethics report. Airfare for the lawmakers and some of their spouses cost $112,899, travel invoices show.
Taking the trip the trip Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), Rubén Hinojosa (D-Tex.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), Ted Poe (R-Tex.) and then-Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.).
Where they went, downtown Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan.
They were told and believed that a non-profit was paying for the trip. Wouldn’t you be just a bit curious as to why and how a non-profit could afford such a trip that included silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs valued at $2,500 to $10,000.
Why would a non-profit provide this to 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members? And would you believe this took place in 2013 and is just now being questioned?
The U.S.-Azerbaijan meeting took place on May 28 and 29, 2013. And strangely enough after this “meeting” the $28 billion natural gas pipeline project in the Caspian Sea became exempt from U.S. economic sanctions being imposed on Iran.
And that is a great lesson on how our government works (quid pro quo) in America.
Pity the poor fool who thinks otherwise.
— Mr. T