Last month, Biden’s Deputy Assistant Nuclear Energy Secretary, Samuel Brinton, was charged with felony theft and placed on administrative leave.
The State of Minnesota charged Brinton with theft after a woman said her hard-sided rolling luggage was missing from the carousel at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where people claim their bags.
In June, 34-year-old Brinton went viral as Vice President Biden’s newly-hired first “gender fluid” official at the U.S. Department of Energy.
“It’s Formal. On June 29, Brinton tweeted, “As of the 19th of June, I am now serving my country as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposal in the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy.”
It’s official. As of June 19th, I now serve my nation as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy in the Department of Energy. pic.twitter.com/zLq3Bf97X2
— Sam Brinton (@sbrinton) June 29, 2022
According to a criminal complaint filed on October 27 in Minnesota’s 4th Judicial District Court, the victim noticed her September-arrival luggage was missing from the baggage claim area. The woman stated that the value of the bag and its contents was $2,325.
On the same day, Brinton was seen on surveillance video taking “a navy blue hard-sided roller bag” from a carousel at the baggage claim area.
Brinton “removed the tag from the blue bag and placed it in the handbag they were carrying” and “quickly left the area,” according to the complaint.
The complaint says that the woman knew the bag was hers after watching several surveillance videos.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police Department confirmed that Brinton had arrived from Washington on an American Airlines flight without a checked bag. According to the police, Brinton had no reason to be in the baggage claim area.
Brinton reportedly booked a room at the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel and was later seen returning with his bag to the airport to catch a flight to Washington, D.C.
Brinton was later seen on surveillance footage coming back to Dulles International Airport near Washington on October 9, after a trip to Europe, with the bag.
Police called Brinton in September after he first said he didn’t take a bag from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
“If I took the wrong bag, I’m happy to return it, but I don’t have clothing for another person.” According to the complaint, Brinton told law enforcement about the incident. “Those Were My Clothes When I Unzipped The Bag”
Later, Brinton called the airport police and “confessed to stealing the blue bag.”
Brinton, according to the complaint, “took the suitcase believing it was theirs.” After opening the bag, Brinton was allegedly “worried that people would assume they stole the bag and unsure of what to do.”
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— ECA (@EnergyCAorg) September 22, 2022
Brinton has been on leave from Doe for at least one month, according to the agency.
While Brinton is on leave, Kim Petry is the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel. Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, requested in an email to Doe colleagues that Peter Petry continue as head of the Spent Fuel Office “for the foreseeable future.”
The victim told a reporter that Brinton has not yet returned her bag to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
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