House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats are pretty enraged President Trump cancelled their taxpayer funded trip overseas -- in the middle of a government shutdown -- at the last minute on Thursday. In fact, they were already sitting on the bus ready to go to the airport.
Democrat House members getting off the bus that was to take them on an overseas trip while the government was shut down. Adam Schiff looks unhappy he couldn’t go pic.twitter.com/mywvLNtsId #maga #democratShutdown— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) January 17, 2019
But it turns out these taxpayer funded Congressional Delegation [CODEL] trips lead by Pelosi have been pretty fancy in the past. She's also a habitual abuser of taxpayer funding and the military for personal use.
Back in 2008, Judicial Watch exposed the Speaker for lavish spending on booze and free trips for spouses on military planes.
DOD advised Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met and offered to help secure commercial travel. Pelosi staffer responds: “We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses..." https://t.co/ukl1uo4jDc— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 18, 2019
.@JudicialWatch exposed this all nine years ago....doing the work of media back then, too.— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 18, 2019
Purchases for one Pelosi-led CODEL on 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...— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 18, 2019
.@SpeakerPelosi 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.— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 18, 2019
Numerous trips were made by Speaker Pelosi between San Francisco and Andrews Air Force Base. Several of these trips included members of Speaker Pelosi’s family...https://t.co/7OagzzyNRU— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 18, 2019
Not much has changed.
In the meantime, Pelosi apparently tried to leave the country for a second time after President Trump canceled military aircraft for her trip on Thursday. The White House repeatedly asked her to sit down and negotiate a deal to end the current shutdown.