Wire: Released Documents Reveal Speaker Pelosi's Repeated Requests for Military Aircraft
Off the Wire:
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2009 -- Newswires today noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, according to a new report from a government watchdog group.
Representatives for Judicial Watch, who obtained e-mail messages and other documents from a Freedom of Information request, said the correspondence shows Pelosi has abused the system in place to accommodate congressional leaders and treated the U.S. Air Force as her "personal airline."
The e-mail messages showed repeated attempts by Pelosi aides to request aircraft, sometimes aggressively, and by Department of Defense officials to accommodate those requests.
Below is an excerpt from a report by Fox News:
"I think that's above and beyond what other members of Congress are doing and what is expected of our elected officials," said Jenny Small, a researcher with [Judicial Watch].Pelosi's office has not yet responded to media requests for comment.
The group reported that Pelosi was notorious for making special demands for high-end aircraft, lodging last-minute cancellations, and racking up additional expenses for the military.
In one e-mail, aide Kay King complained to the military that they had not made available any aircraft the House speaker wanted for Memorial Day recess.
"It is my understanding there are NO G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable ... The Speaker will want to know where the planes are," King wrote.
In another [e-mail message], when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King wrote: "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset Speaker."
(Report from multiple sources.)
Source: Judicial Watch Uncovers Documents Detailing Pelosi's Repeated Requests for Military Travel
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