Carson cleared HUD inspector general no indications of erroneous behavior in the furniture dispute

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EXCLUSIVE: The general-inspector for the Department of housing and urban development said in a new report that investigators found no evidence of misconduct on the part of Secretary Ben Carson a controversial order for expensive furniture the end of 2017.

The watchdog has finished the report on Wednesday, after more than a year to investigate, to not purchase if Carson and his wife tried to order a $31,561 dining set for his office as part of an expensive makeover. Fox News obtained a copy of the results.


The inspector General found that Carson was the question of the purchase of furniture to the members of his staff,” in consultation with his wife, the stylistic entrance, after the Department decided to purchase new furniture.”

“We have found no evidence indicating that either the Secretary or Mrs Carson exerted improper influence on all departmental employees in connection with the procurement,” the report stated. “We found not enough evidence to substantiate allegations of misconduct on the part of the Secretary of state in Carson in connection with this procurement.”

The inspector General found, to replace the HUD staff initiated a process in mid-2017, the dining room furniture in Carson, suite. HUD officials obligated $31,561 in departmental funds. Dec. 21, 2017, for the purchase of new dining room furniture, but “required notification” to the house and Senate appropriations committees, prior to doing so.

HUD, though, ultimately, not the furniture. The order was cancelled on the 1. March 2018 in the direction of Carson, in response to media reports.

The inspector general wrote that you “behavior any recommendations to the Department as a result of the evidence gathered in this investigation because we found no evidence of misconduct, and because the Department is working to address the legal consequences of the dining-room-furniture procurement and to prevent future agent-violations of the law.”


The investigation began complaining last year, according to HUD’s former chief administrative officer, Helen Foster, that you retaliated against the rejection of the cost for the dining room set, saying it was over the $5,000 statutory maximum for office updates.

Foster said she was demoted because he refused to bankroll the renovation and claimed it was requested, the skirting of Carson, the woman in the midst of an environment where the top-officials told her the rules. Foster said she was told that the Department “has not always the money to buy in the past” and the “$5,000 and even a decent chair.”

The Department said in response to this report, Carson set up his office, especially with furniture from the Agency-and ask for a new dining set. Instead, HUD blamed it on “career employees.”

The Department also denied retaliation, saying that Foster is still a HUD employee, and that it is to be rotated is customary for employees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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