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We'll bombshell allegation is that wild spending scandal that has been rocking Washington this week congressman John Mica says that he believes that the White House knew.
About the GSA's 820000.
Dollar conference in Las Vegas -- for the rest of us found that that.
But the White House knew about this in June 10.
That's great for the president and others to two condemn the act action and the last week or two.
They've known for nearly a year of -- was going on.
Shots -- as one of the lawmakers leading this investigation and he is the Republican chairman of the house transportation and infrastructure committee congress and welcome good to have you here.
Using feeling just that the White House knew about it and what's your proof and why didn't they didn't do anything sooner it would have mil -- we had to get out -- -- that I.
Yeah absolutely well we have documentation.
They can they conference took place and October of 2010.
And then the whistle -- asked for the NIG investigation a month later.
It was reported back in May of 2011.
That what was going on and and that was enough time to investigate.
And then -- -- White House is -- the beginning of June.
So we know that they've known for almost a year and tried to keep this swept under that the carpet the other thing too which -- which is amazing is.
It took that whistle blower another time coming in and blowing the whistle on -- 17 day -- South Pacific.
Junket that was going to be held.
And then they went ahead and approved it even after knowing whether an already been done and corrupt spending -- by taxpayer money.
Going to try to imagine what the frustration is like for this whistle blower -- is it in this agency and taking this you know chance of kind of turning this information over and then.
In the shock at the fact that nobody seems to care about what's going -- rampant disregard for taxpayer money that appears to have been going on.
In this agency I want up pull up quote this is a full screen corners we -- -- -- from Harry Reid -- about you.
And here's -- says about you taking this issue on.
First of all mica who is doing this should get a life.
And do what he's supposed to do.
What do you think about that.
Well -- now trying to intimidate me to stop the investigations.
That won't work I know he's not happy I stopped.
Dollar per airline tickets subsidy from one of his airport so I know I'm not his best friend.
But I'm not gonna be intimidating and this isn't about taking a trip to Las Vegas which he represents.
People can do that and have a great time enjoy it at their own expense but this is wasteful spending and I don't care -- it.
Was in my backyard in Disney which is right below my district if they -- Wasting taxpayer money then they have to be held accountable finally you know.
This hearing also brought to light -- just Las Vegas but South Pacific trips Atlanta Napa Valley Hawaii.
The list goes on and on.
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nearly that that gets to the heart of this matter.
I see is the person who was sent grilled to no -- really took the -- on the first AM that all of this but.
He hears what he said this was read into the notes for the committee -- it won't get you guys.
A -- near us is different to some friends of his I guess we're gonna pick up the rim tap it could be a blast I know I'm bad but is dead and I say.
Why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can't in -- -- last forever.
-- act I mean it.
-- out if the outrageous nature of this attitude on the part of a public -- really.
It it I think is just shocking people and it raises the question how did you think this goes and how many other agencies do you plan to look -- Well again whether it's.
GSA TSA we've gone after Amtrak.
There's a whole host of federal activities.
We actually list in the report that I did two years ago.
It it's and having the federal government must stop sitting on its assets.
A whole list of about areas in which GSA not just loses millions -- and -- -- conference is wasteful spending by billions.
This is available.
It it's our primer for trying to bring some reform.
And reasonable accountability for -- hard earned taxpayer money that's being squandered in many federal agencies.
Well let's hope -- a wake up call -- for everybody watching.
And also for those who are in these agencies.
To maybe get a little bit more careful about the way they're doing business dynamite and -- -- -- stop we're not -- back off thank you -- thank you very much congressman pleasure to have you with us today.
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