Embattled former Biden official accused in multiple airport thefts ends 2023 free

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Sam Brinton, the embattled nonbinary former Biden administration official, ended 2023 free despite facing multiple charges related to alleged airport baggage thefts in multiple states.

Brinton made headlines in mid-2022 after being appointed to lead nuclear waste policy at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy as a nonbinary gender-fluid person.

Brinton avoided jail in two criminal cases, while a third criminal case and a related lawsuit remain ongoing. In December 2022, the DOE announced Brinton had departed the agency but declined to comment on the reason.

"When people are appointed to critical positions with important national security responsibilities, Americans must be confident they can be trusted," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told Fox News Digital at the time.

"The department must launch a thorough investigation into the vetting process," he added. "They have to respond to legitimate oversight inquiries. It’s in our national security interest."

However, the DOE has repeatedly failed to share additional information about Brinton's apparent firing, and it is unclear if the agency has conducted any internal inquiry into the matter over the last 12 months.

In October 2022, police charged Brinton with stealing a traveler's baggage worth a total of $2,325 from the luggage carousel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport after flying in from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D. C., Sept. 16 of that year.

And in early December 2022, Las Vegas prosecutors charged Brinton with grand larceny of an item valued between $1,200 and $5,000. Police accused Brinton of stealing a suitcase with a total estimated worth of $3,670 July 6, 2022, at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. The bag contained jewelry valued at $1,700, clothing worth $850 and makeup valued at $500.... (Read more)