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Pete Buttigieg Is Under Investigation…

(TheConservativeNews.org) – Pete Buttigieg has flown around America at taxpayers’ expense, but perhaps not always for the benefit of those to whom he is accountable.

The Transportation Department’s internal watchdog announced Monday that it will soon audit the Biden cabinet official in an effort to determine whether the frequent flyer has used government planes to satisfy private whims and when cheaper alternatives were available.

This investigation comes as the result of efforts by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to determine whether Buttigieg has been flagrantly flaunting the rules for use of Federal Aviation Administration planes. Rubio noted he had been alerted to the potential of abuse by a Dec. 12 Fox News report.

The DOT Office of Inspector General announced in a letter Monday that it would be conducting “an audit to determine whether the Office of the Secretary complied with Federal regulations, policies, and procedures regarding executive travel on DOT aircraft.”

Charles Ward, principal assistant inspector general for audits and evaluations at the DOT, noted, “Senator Marco Rubio requested that we determine whether the Secretary’s use of Government aircraft for domestic and international travel complied with all applicable Federal regulations and DOT policies and procedures.”

Buttigieg on Tuesday defended his use of private jets while lecturing on the virtues of making sacrifices to stop climate change.

“Everyday Americans face flight [cancellations] and long wait times because Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has completely mismanaged air travel,” APT executive director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News Digital. “Yet, he gets to avoid all that by taking taxpayer-funded private jets to destinations with readily available commercial airline options.”

“And for someone so holier-than-thou on reducing emissions, Buttigieg sure doesn’t seem to mind the pollution caused by his literal jet-setting,” she continued. “This is hypocrisy at its finest, and these troubling expenses to taxpayers must come under immediate scrutiny.”

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