Watchdog group says Biden admin covering for Pete Buttigieg's private jet flights

 September 13, 2023

In case you haven't noticed, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg hasn't been in the headlines for some time, and there could be good reason for that.

According to Fox News, the outlet obtained "internal government communications" that seem to indicate that officials in President Joe Biden's administration are working overtime to protect the secretary from a scandal involving his usage of private government flights.

Americans for Public Trust, a watchdog group, is leading in the charge in exposing what's happening behind the scenes as far as Buttigieg's taxpayer-funded, private government jet use.

The group believes the Biden administration is actively covering for the secretary, once a rising star in the Democratic Party.

"It’s become increasingly clear that the Biden administration is engaging in purposeful political meddling to protect Secretary Buttigieg and hide the true cost of his taxpayer-funded private jet travel," said Caitlin Sutherland, the executive director of the government watchdog group.

She added, "They continue to willfully ignore public disclosure laws, confirming the unofficial motto of this administration: Rules for thee, but not for me."

Fox noted:

In December, Fox News Digital reported that, based on flight tracking data, Buttigieg had taken 18 trips on an FAA-managed fleet of executive aircraft, reserved for government officials for occasions when flying commercial isn't feasible. The flight records aligned with Buttigieg's internal calendar obtained at the time by Americans for Public Trust.

It was reported that Fox filed FOIA requests to obtain the flight logs, along with the costs of all of his flights "logged by FAA planes in 2021."

The DOT FOIA department in charge of handling such request reportedly delayed the release of the data until recently.

It would ultimately take the DOT's inspector general's office to launch an investigation into Buttigieg's taxpayer-funded flights for the department to finally release the requested information.

Fox was forced to file a second request, and details of the costs associated with Buttigieg's flights were omitted. The FAA attempted to offer an excuse as to why.

"The FAA follows FOIA requirements and regulations which include ensuring a complete response," a statement to Fox from the FAA read. "We routinely provide internal notifications about FOIA updates and responses."

Only time will tell if Americans get the answers they deserve. This is yet another brewing scandal on top of a mountain of scandals lingering around the Biden administration.