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?