On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that a career official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development had filed a lawsuit alleging that Carson's wife had instructed her to "find" extra (read: an illegally high sum of) money to refurbish her husband's office - and that when she refused to honor this request, the Carsons had her punitively demoted. The findings came after Donald Trump proposed billions of dollars in cuts to Hud's budget, reducing programs for poor and homeless people.
The purchase included a custom hardwood table, chairs and a hutch. No such request was made by HUD officials, according to the Times.
According to HUD's communications director Raffi Williams, the agency tried and failed to fix a dining set that had been in the office since 1967 and that the secretary brought furniture the agency had in storage into his office.
Foster said each time she was pressed to assist Carson's wife with finding the money, it was always "in the context of Mrs. Carson wants to do this". During a tour of public housing facilities previous year in Columbus, Ohio, Carson told The New York Times that subsidized units shouldn't be too comfortable.
Foster's complaint is the latest indication of tension between some long-standing federal employees and Trump administration appointees.
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The Associated Press reports that $5,000 is the federal statutory max for office redecoration, and that HUD filed the purchase as a "building expense" and not as a decoration.
"Clemmensen, acting on Candy Carson's behalf, told Foster to "find money" to purchase better furniture for the office - and he quipped that "$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair", according to the complaint, which was reported by The Guardian newspaper. But Carson earlier this month requested that the office investigate his son's involvement in a listening tour in Baltimore a year ago to determine whether or not his role posed a conflict of interest.
Aside from fiscal issues, Foster wrote in her complaint that she was blocked from processing a pair of sensitive requests for public documents under the Freedom of Information Act because of her perceived political affiliation.
Senator Sherrod Brown of OH, the senior Democrat on the Senate's banking committee, said Albert should expand an inquiry that he and colleagues asked for this month after reports on Carson's involvement of his family members in government affairs. Career staff had recommended that the secretary install an alarm system at his home but a HUD memo provided to ABC News said that taxpayer funds could only be used for personal security if an official was threatened or in danger, or unable to do their job.