Mike Pence's Anthem Walk-Out Stunt Cost Indianapolis Police Over $14000

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

The former IN governor left the Colts game after some San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department provided documents to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that show Pence's brief visit to the city cost the department a total of $14,163.36.

The vice president and his wife left the game immediately following the national anthem after the 49ers took a knee.

CREW noted that a Pence staffer gave pool reporters a heads-up at the time that the vice president might cut out of the football stadium early. That belief was confirmed when President Donald Trump tweeted that he had told Pence to leave once players knelt. "Karen and I were looking very much forward to it, but frankly when we saw that so many players took a knee on the sideline we thought it was the right thing to do to leave".

"The tone is set at the top when it comes to this administration's disregard for ethics", the group's Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement, according to The Daily Beast. "Vice President Pence should know better than to use taxpayer money to make a rhetorical point, but carelessness with taxpayer money seems to be a common theme with senior administration officials", Bookbinder said. "It is estimated it cost $242,500 for Pence to fly from Las Vegas, to Indianapolis for the game, and then to Los Angeles, Calif., where he went following the game".

The issue of inappropriate flights and their costs to taxpayers first rose to prominence when CREW filed open records requests relating to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's use of a government plane to view the solar eclipse from Fort Knox.

CREW has requested an investigation into the use of taxpayer funds for private air travel by government officials.

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