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Two high-tech luxury jets that the FBI convinced Congress was needed for the fight against global terrorism have instead been used to ferry around Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, as well as many others.
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And yet we have to cut $22B from the military's budget because there isn't enough waste to eliminate anywhere else. #SeemsFair
 
LOL why not! OK for the Dorks in DC but not OK for the anyone else in the States. it is ok for them to be the fat cats.. But if the fat cats have an aircraft then they (the Dorks in DC!) want to break them!  
 
More waste. If we spent just one day cutting waste per week, we could probably double that 85 bill. budget cut.
 
Its not only a question of money, +Jim Avila. The Government's resources are limited, and in many cases time sensitive. If they paid for their travel after a period of time instead of upon completion or before they tied up government resources that may have been necessary for other purposes. This sort of personal expense of government funds is expressly prohibited, but unfortunately the expedience of writing a taxpayer funded check, regardless of intention to pay for it after the fact, tends to make high office holders take part in prohibited actions on a regular basis. After all, what's the worst that could happen? Fox News reports on your lack of ethics? That doesn't seem to matter to these people.

The idea that this is somehow not a big deal simply because the FBI and DOJ were paid back for the resources expended implies that the rules governing the use of those resources need only apply to people who don't hold high office. I can't very well use a government vehicle for my personal travel and then reimburse the Coast Guard for the mileage. Why, then, should it be acceptable for these people to do essentially the same thing?
 
+Jim Avila $11.4M to use those jets?  Where did these AGs get their "personal" funds to pay for this?  That's what  I want to know. 
 
Journalists, either in name or in action, are human. Just as we all are.
 
As far as I can tell, every agency has gone mad. EPA, Interior, USDA, it's just NUTS.
 
If by NUTS you mean arrogant and hypocritical,I agree.
 
+Jim Avila 
I don't think Fox if trying to hide the fact that Holder and others did not reimburse the government for personal flights:

"Those officials are required to use government aircraft, and in some cases reimbursed the government for a portion of the expenses." (3rd paragraph)

Isn't the gist of Fox's article focusing on the fact that Congress funded the DOJ and FBI for two very expensive aircraft and they end up being used more for "noncommission" purposes than what they are actually intended for? This is what the GAO report exposes and at $11.4M of taxpayer's money, this is wasteful and not fiscally sound. 

Fox has there issues but guess where you won't find this story reported? Do I dare say? Maybe "certain other news outlets" don't find this important but they should. This is just another example of waste and abuse that goes on day after day in Washington at taxpayer's expense. I don't know about you but I want to know about these things when that occur.  Would you agree?
 
+Jim Avila I find it a little too convenient that the DOJ required the DOJ to do it.  Fox guarding the hen house again. 
 
+Jim Avila I do recognize the sensationalist slants and find them an unfortunate yet unavoidable evil common to all news media. However, and not in Fox's defense, I would rather be made aware of a story whereby I can research and ascertain the facts than to have so-called responsible news agencies that completely ignore the story. Who is the villain in these cases? The news agency who embellishes the story with sensationalist or even borderline facts or the agency who totally ignores the story? Even a search of Google News for "Eric Holder" fails to turn up the GAO report story. 
 
+Brian Fahrlander I was just notified by Michael Savage that disability beneficiaries are milking the U.S. system becuase they are not paying taxes. Then on his website High-flying FBI Two high-tech luxury jets. The FBI convinced Congress were needed for the fight against global terrorism have instead been used to ferry around Attorney General Eric Holder and his predecessors, as well as FBI Director Robert Mueller, according to a government report. Who is milking the system and giving mental illness to who using tax dollars to drone unarmed Americans. This illogical Government of ours has almost gotten me killed for real many times over. Who are the terrorists? Nuts?
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Hello idiots on Fox News it's a government plane...what the fuck their not suppose to do, USE IT!!!
 
It doesn't matter how Fox News or CBS or some Republican Senator react to this issue. The issue starts with the fact that the Government Accountability Office has issued a report, based on hard evidence,  that  there is evidence of misuse.

By the way, they could have spent much less on these aircraft. These are luxury private jets. Government agencies can demonstrate that they have a need for a private jet but they need to exercise responsibility with how they spend the public's money and accountability with how they use equipment and materials bought at the taxpayer's expense.
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