Biden administration nuclear guru Sam Brinton allegedly stole a woman’s suitcase from an airport baggage claim, disposed of its contents, and used it for a month before authorities caught up to the non-binary official.
Brinton went viral earlier this year when Joe Biden made the LGBT activist his deputy assistant secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy, and Politico reported that he assumed that role on or around January 11 of this year. He identifies as non-binary or gender-fluid, and wants to be referred to as “they/them.”
Police allege that he stole a $2,325 Vera Bradley suitcase from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in Minnesota on September 16, according to court documents. New details unearthed by the New York Post reveal that Brinton attempted to pass the expensive bag off as his own when confronted by police on October 9.
“If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual,” Brinton told police, according to the New York Post. “That was my clothes when I opened the bag.”
Two hours later, Brinton apparently called the police officer and confessed that he was not “completely honest.”
Brinton first “denied stealing the bag” and claimed it contained his clothing when he arrived at the airport, the Post reports. The Office of Nuclear Energy official “quickly backtracked” however, claiming he took “the piece of luggage by mistake” and discovered the error upon returning to the hotel.
Rather than returning the suitcase, the Post reports, Brinton panicked.
Fearing someone would suspect the LGBT icon and nuclear expert of theft, Brinton “emptied out the suitcase and dumped the woman’s clothes in the drawers of the hotel room,” according to court documents.
Brinton has been charged with felony theft of a moveable property without consent. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The Post reports that he was placed on leave in the wake of the allegations.
Though he’s reportedly been placed on leave, a biography of Brinton remains available on the official Department of Energy website, under the Office of Nuclear Energy section.
The Biden administration, on that website, reveals that “Sam is also a well-known advocate for LGBTQ youth and helped to secure protections against the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy in more than half of the country.”
Our federal government’s Department of Energy adds, “They identify as gender-fluid and use the pronouns they, them, and theirs.”
This news and commentary by Tom Pappert originally appeared on Valiant News.