Washington Post: ‘Using his position for private gain’: Ben Carson was warned he might run afoul of ethics rules by enlisting his son

Washington Post, January 31, 2018: ‘Using his position for private gain’: Carson was warned he might run afoul of ethics rules by enlisting his son

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson allowed his son to help organize an agency “listening tour” in Baltimore last summer despite warnings from department lawyers that doing so risked violating federal ethics rules, according to internal documents and people familiar with the matter.

Career officials and political appointees raised concerns days before the visit that Carson’s son, local businessman Ben Carson Jr., and daughter-in-law were inviting people with whom they potentially had business dealings, the documents show.

Carson Jr. put people he’d invited in touch with his father’s deputies, joined agency staff on official conference calls about the listening tour and copied his wife on related email exchanges, according to emails.

 

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