Biden admin parts ways with non-binary DOE official accused of multiple thefts
This comes as Brinton stands accused of multiple thefts.
It was towards the end of November that reports emerged indicating that Brinton was facing a grand larceny charge for an incident that occurred on Sept. 16, 2022, at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
The police affidavit states:
At 16:45 hours, officers observe the suspect, who was later identified as SAMUEL OTIS BRINTON, DEFENDANT herein, remove a navy blue hard-sided roller bag from the rear of Carousel 7. DEFENDANT removed the blue bag’s tag and put the bag tag in the handbag they were carrying. DEFENDANT then left the area at a quick pace.
After that, law enforcement proceeded to track Brinton's movements. It turns out that Brinton kept the bag - which is said to be worth $2,325 - for quite some time, including during multiple subsequent trips.
At one point, the victim - identified as “a known adult female" - contacted Brinton. After initially claiming not to have taken anything, Brinton eventually admitted the truth, but used tiredness as an excuse.
Brinton, here, is facing a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Brinton is facing another charge of grand larceny for an incident that occurred on July 6, 2022, at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Once again, it is alleged that Brinton stole luggage while at the airport. The circumstances of this incident are not as clear as the first allegation. But, the suitcase, here, is said to be worth $3,670.
For this charge, Brinton is facing a prison sentence of between one and 10 years.
"No longer a DOE employee"
After reports emerged of these allegations, Republican lawmakers called for Brinton's resignation from the DOE.
We demand the resignation of Sam Brinton, and we implore you to set aside petty politics and appoint only the most qualified and dedicated individuals to influence America's energy sector. As an appointed official, Sam Brinton represents both your Department and the United States. It is simply not possible for an individual to represent American values and simultaneously violate the felony laws of the land.
Now, it appears that Biden's DOE has parted ways with Brinton - although, it remains unclear whether the DOE fired Brinton or whether Brinton resigned.
All we have so far is this statement from the DOE: "Sam Brinton is no longer a DOE employee. By law, the Department of Energy cannot comment further on personnel matters."