What were they thinking?

10 members of Congress took trip secretly
funded by foreign government —
Washington Post

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

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