Judicial Watch • Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Use of Air Force Aircraft

Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Use of Air Force Aircraft

Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Use of Air Force Aircraft

OCTOBER 14, 2010

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained new documents from the United States Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s repeated use of United States Air Force aircraft. According to the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Pelosi used Air Force aircraft on 85 flights from March 2009 through June 2010. Members of Pelosi’s family were guests on at least two flights.

Among the highlights from the documents, obtained pursuant to a FOIA request filed on January 25, 2009:

  • Pelosi used the Air Force aircraft for a total of 85 trips, covering 206,264 miles, from March 2, 2009 through June 7, 2010. Pelosi, her guests and Air Force personnel logged a total of 428.6 hours on these flights.
  • Members of Pelosi’s family were guests on at least two flights. On June 20, 2009, Speaker Pelosi’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons joined a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to San Francisco International Air Port. That flight included $143 in on-flight expenses for food and other items. On July 2, 2010, Pelosi took her grandson on a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, which is northeast of San Francisco.

According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008 included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.

Judicial Watch also previously uncovered internal Department of Defense documents (DOD) email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes. For example, in response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’… “The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.”

“Pelosi’s abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force. Speaker Pelosi may have a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed luxury jet travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

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  • Douglas Merrill

    Agreed, but you know it won’t happen, that’s why they call it “District of Corruption”, as long as nobody makes a big stink out of this crime or others like it, it’s business as usual.

  • EmmJaa

    This research and report is nothing more than an exercise in frustration. Nothing will be done to correct this abuse of power. Pelosi has become wealthy in her place in U.S. Congress. I want action to make her pay back every nickel.

  • Barbara Ann

    How is it that a volunteer fireman who is treated to a dinner or some special thank you for his service is considered as having that “thank you” as income and will have to pay tax on it? In the meantime abuses like Ms. Nancy’s commute on a U.S. Air Force plane every week + more with friends and family should be considered government business as usual. I loved the comment that she could either ride a broom or take Southwest where bags fly free.

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  • CTConservative

    MisterB- They don’t go to jail because “they’re too big to jail”. They all should AT THE VERY LEAST be REQUIRED to reimburse the taxpayers for their boozing in the clouds! If they don’t, garnish it.

  • horse doctor

    As much as I liked the expose’ of what she has done, I doubt that she is the only party that has done similar acts and travels. Keep up the good work. Horse Doctor

  • MisterB

    Why don’t these people ever go to jail.

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