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A group of Republican lawmakers are demanding a non-binary Department of Energy (DOE) scientist resign after they admitted to stealing a suitcase from the luggage carousel at the airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sam Brinton, the DOE's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition, was recently placed on leave following the felony theft charges, but GOP representatives are calling for further action.
Calls for resignations came in a letter sent Tuesday to DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm and exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com. The effort is being led by Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde and signed by 15 other Republican lawmakers, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Biggs and Nancy Mace.
'[W]e demand the resignation of Sam Brinton, and we implore you to set aside petty politics and appoint only the most qualified and dedicated individuals to influence America's energy sector,' the letter reads.
Brinton, a 34-year-old non-binary drag queen, admitted to taking a Vera Bradley suitcase that did not belong to them at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on September 16 after previously lying to police and denying they stole the luggage.
The DOE assistant did not check a bag when flying from Washington, D.C. to Minnesota, but surveillance footage shows them leaving the airport in Minneapolis with luggage from a carousel. Brinton admitted to hiding the owner's belongings from the suitcase in a hotel room.
A group of 16 Republican lawmakers are demanding the resignation of the Energy Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition Sam Brinton (pictured on December 3, 2018) after they admitted to stealing a suitcase from the Minneapolis airport
Brinton, a 34-year-old non-binary drag queen, admitted to stealing a navy blue hard-sided Vera Bradley suitcase from the luggage carousel valued at $2,325 after previously lying to police and saying it was their luggage. Pictured: Brinton spotted heading to the airport on February 28, 2022
The suitcase and its contents are valued at $2,325 and Brinton has been seen using the stolen luggage on multiple trips to D.C. since stealing it in mid-September.
Brinton stands charged with felony theft, which could result in five years in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine.
'As an appointed official, Sam Brinton represents both your Department and the United States,' the Tuesday letter states. 'It is simply not possible for an individual to represent American values and simultaneously violate the felony laws of the land.'
When placing Brinton on leave, the DOE did not provide context that the employment status change was the result of a felony charge, leading the GOP lawmakers to accuse the Department of a lack of transparency.
Brinton, who is bald and sometimes rocks a mustache with their lipstick, is known for rocking fabulous looks. They did not check any luggage on their flight from Washington, D.C. to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on September 16, but did pick up a suitcase from the carousel and allegedly hid the contents at their hotel
'Brinton's actions, along with your Department's lack of transparency when dealing with this matter, reflect poorly on the Department of Energy, and they raise concern as to the Biden Administration's priorities when appointing high-ranking officials. It is imperative that we do not allow a person charged with a felony to influence America's policies,' the lawmakers added.
The co-singers of Clyde's letter are Representatives Brian Babin, Troy Nehls, Randy Weber and Louie Gohmert of Texas, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, Clay