HUD chief of staff Sheila Greenwood sent an email February 20, 2017, in which she suggested showing Candy Carson some furniture choices during a planned visit the following day.
Carson's team later claimed that the legal cap did not apply to the $31,000 furniture order, because the dining set would be for the benefit of the entire Hud headquarters staff.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson is under fire after new emails contradict his claims that he didn't have a hand in ordering high-priced furniture on taxpayers' dime. "My wife also looked at catalogs and wanted to be sure that the color of the chair fabric of any set that was chosen matches the rest of the" decor.
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However, an email sent by HUD's director of scheduling, Jacie Coressel, shows that Candy Carson was asked to give her input on the process. The furniture, he said, was "characterized as unsafe" and was "beyond fix and needed to be replaced".
Emails show Candy Carson, the wife of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, was involved in the purchase of a tax-payer funded $31,000 dining room set for the secretary's office. HUD has since canceled the order. "The table was ordered by the career staffers in charge of the building", he said.
One email sent on August 29, 2017, by Aida Rodriguez, an administrative officer in the secretary's office, summarizes that $24,666 quote as "a very reasonable price", adding "the funds are available".
"I believe Allison has print outs of the furniture the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out", Rodriguez wrote, referring to Allison Mills, Carson's executive assistant.
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One email chain shows serving cart options were approved by "leadership" but doesn't specify who made the request. Even if this is true-that they were simply picking off a menu to complete a purchase already made by their underlings, blissfully unconcerned with the undertaking's associated expense-it still diverges wildly from HUD's indignant response to the original story, which was that the secretary and his wife had "zero awareness of this purchase being made". The secretary knew that the table and chairs were old because somebody fell out of a chair once.
A HUD spokesman, who previously spoke to CNN under the condition of anonymity, had said the Carsons did not know which items were being purchased for the office and that Candy Carson had no interest in redecorating. "That's literally it. So they had nothing to do with the purchase, nothing to do with anything around that".
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