Dr. Ben Carson is back in the news Wednesday, as new emails show the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary and his wife chose a $31,000 furniture set for the secretary’s office themselves, despite a spokesperson’s comments.
According to a CNN report, an email sent to Carson’s assistant last August reportedly cites “printouts of the furniture the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out” and has a subject line that says: “Secretary’s dining room set needed.” CNN obtained the email through a Freedom of Information Act request from American Oversight.
HUD spokesman Raffi Williams told CNN last month that Carson and his wife, Candy, “had no awareness that the table was being purchased.”
Ben Carson said a few days later he had briefly looked at catalogs for dining furniture and was “shocked by the cost of the furniture.”
Williams told CNN on Tuesday that when Candy Carson was “presented with options by professional staff,” she “participated in the selection of specific styles.”
The network also reported that HUD’s scheduling office in early August had written an email to Candy Carson, the secretary’s wife, telling her there would be a designer in town to “look at possibly redecorating the Secretary’s office and bringing in new furniture.”
Earlier this month, Ben Carson ordered his agency to cancel the order for the $31,000 dining room set for his personal office.