GOP lawmakers demand probe into White House’s travel records

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A top House Republican is asking the Justice Department to investigate White House travel policies after it was revealed that at least six White House aides traveled on private jets in 2016, while two were on government business.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., wrote to Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a letter Friday that “there is compelling evidence” that some White House officials, including Trump, “travelled with their personal aircrafts while on official business.”

King’s letter comes days after the Justice Dept. released a document detailing five instances of White House staffers flying on private planes.

The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General last week said that four of the White Houses aides — Vice President Mike Pence, former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, White House communications director Hope Hicks and former national security adviser Mike Flynn — did not file travel or employment documents with the government, but did file statements about their travel on official government documents.

The five White House staff members were not identified in the documents released by the DOJ, but the Washington Post first reported that one of them was a former White house aide who worked as a consultant for the White house and the other three were former White houses communications directors.

King’s letter to Lynch was released Friday afternoon, and he said the DOJ should conduct a review of the travel policies of the Trump administration.

King also called for a public hearing on the issue.

He said it’s clear that the travel records of these individuals, “should have been properly disclosed to the American people, and this lack of transparency has a chilling effect on the administration from addressing any of the many issues that they are now facing.”

The White House declined to comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.