Tags: Holder | Mueller | Travel | Costs

Holder and Mueller Racked Up Millions in Travel Costs

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 03:54 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller took out-of-town trips in fiscal year 2011 at costs totalling just over $2.5 million, according to disclosures released to Bloomberg News.

Holder's trips totalled $1.45 million, while Mueller's totalled another $1.25 million. Both officials, Bloomberg reports, are considered "required use" personnel who are compelled by executive order to use government aircraft for all travel because of "security and communications needs," according to the Government Accountability Office.

The government covers the costs of official trips, while personal travel is to be reimbursed by the office holder. However, the reimbursement is to be at an equivalent to the cost of coach fare, which is much less, the GAO said.

Both Holder and Mueller came under fire earlier this year for their expensive travel costs, The Hill reports, when Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley criticized them for using official government jets to take personal trips on the taxpayer’s dime as sequestration was approaching.

In Holder's case, the travel during the time period included a trip to Las Vegas, marked as both business and personal, that cost $46,358. Nine other trips that included flights to Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and Miami, were labeled as personal and cost a total of $169,502. The trips also included a business-related flight, costing $83,002 to Krakow, Poland to attend the G-6 summit.

Holder took seven other trips to China, Hawaii, and Brussels, but the GAO didn't provide those costs.

Mueller took 25 trips out of town during Fiscal Year 2011, including a business trip that took him through China, Indonesia, and Hong Kong for a price tag of $212,283. The FBI director also took a personal trip to San Francisco for $95,364, reimbursing the government for a coach fare ticket. Mueller disclosed his travel records to Bloomberg in April, but Holder took more than a year to release the numbers.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Portman: Government Is Not Protecting Christians from Persecution in Iraq

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 11:57 AM

The U.S. government is not doing enough to protect Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities from persecution from . . .

Ala. Governor Calls Prison Reform Advocates 'Crazy' To Sue State

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 10:16 AM

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley knows his state has a serious prison problem, but he had some harsh words for reform groups  . . .

Moscow: Sanctions 'Destructive and Myopic'

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 10:10 AM

Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow-backe . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved