Watchdog group calls for investigation of Ben Carson after family participation in agency event

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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