Claiming that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson had “knowingly” allowed his family to use his public office for private gain, a Washington watchdog group on Wednesday filed a request for a “full and formal investigation” by the HUD inspector general. Carson’s wife, son, and daughter-in-law organized an agency “listening tour” of Baltimore business executives who were prospective business clients for Carson’s son and daughter-in-law, said the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The event took place even though a HUD ethics official warned Carson against allowing it. Shortly after that, the daughter-in-law’s consulting firm was awarded a nearly half million dollar no-bid contract from one of those executives, CREW said in a release.
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