Baggage check: Biden administration won't say if luggage-stealing nonbinary is on payroll
The Biden administration still has not clarified whether an official in the Department of Energy is still on payroll in the days since a story that the official was charged with stealing luggage went viral.Sam Brinton, a biological male who identifies as nonbinary, has been placed on leave by the energy department following the news regarding the luggage.
However, the department still has not said whether Brinton has received payment from the government in the wake of the alleged theft, despite multiple requests for comment by Fox
News on Thursday.HERE ARE THE 42 BIDEN ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT ON NOTICEBrinton has denied stealing anything but admitted to taking the Vera Bradley suitcase worth $2,325, telling a police officer who had called to inquire about the incident,
"I don’t have any clothes for another individual."(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY, right) and Sam Brinton of the Trevor Project (center) are seen during a news conference outside the Capitol on the "LGBTQ Essential Data Act," which would improve the collection of gender identity data in violent crimes on Thursday, June 13, 2019.After receiving a missing bag complaint,
law enforcement obtained video surveillance footage showing Brinton taking the suitcase from a baggage carousel at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Court documents allege that Brinton did not originally check a bag when departing from Washington heading to Minnesota.“[Brinton] removed the blue bag’s tag and put the bag tag in the handbag they were carrying,” the court documents read.