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PoliticsMilitary Postpones Refueling Deal with Scottish Airport Amid Investigation of ‘Serious Conflicts of Interest’

00:40  12 september  2019
00:40  12 september  2019 Source:   lawandcrime.com

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the Scottish Government-owned Prestwick Airport amid concerns of “ serious conflicts of interest ” and potential violations of military custom at the transport Scotland on Sunday can reveal that in the six months since, further refuelling orders have netted Prestwick another £4.8m. The deal with the

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has slammed the brakes on a controversial airplane refueling arrangement with a Scottish airport amidst widespread scrutiny over the increasingly suspect deal.

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According to The Scotsman reporter Martyn McLaughlin, DOD officials have postponed a multi-million dollar refueling agreement between the DOD and Scottish government-owned Glasgow Prestwick Airport. This pause comes against the backdrop of several congressional and media inquiries into the contours of that arrangement–as well as the massive expenditure of public funds at President Donald Trump‘s Turnberry golf course and hotel.

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The Scottish Government-owned Glasgow Prestwick Airport has said it “routinely” arranges accommodation for visiting aircrew at President Donald Trump’s Turnberry firm. US military stopovers at Glasgow Prestwick Airport have increased sharply since Donald Trump became president.

The airport is 20 miles away from the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland , which Trump acquired in The Pentagon also made an arrangement in 2015 to use the airport more for refueling Air Force The stays have caught the attention of House committees investigating potential conflicts of Donald Trump struck a deal with Glasgow Prestwick Airport in 2014 to direct more air traffic and

Critics have seized on the news out of Scotland in recent days to level allegations of corruption at the White House door. News reports of extended U.S. government stays at Turnberry and apparently unnecessary stopovers at Prestwick, those critics allege, suggest a pattern of self-dealing leading directly to President Trump himself.

Top House Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), have called for Trump’s impeachment over the matter–with overtones of old school political patronage and graft.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Party-led House Oversight Committee issued a paper warning to the Department of Defense threatening to subpoena records related to the Prestwick Airport and Turnberry resort situations. Democrats on the committee have been demanding such responsive records since June of this summer.

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US Congress is investigating state dealings with Prestwick Airport , near the president's golf resort. A US Congressional committee is investigating President Donald Trump in connection with a potential conflict of interest over military spending at a Scottish airport near his golf resort.

Prestwick airport 's relationship with the US military should be suspended or the Scottish Government risks damaging Scotland 's international reputation, it was claimed in Donald Trump's Turnberry hotel and its links with US military staff and Prestwick Airport are under investigation by Congress.

“These reports raise questions about the President’s potential receipt of U.S. or foreign government emoluments in violation of the U.S. Constitution and raise other serious conflict of interest concerns,” they said.

As the controversy simmers, the refueling arrangement has seemingly been put on something not entirely unlike hiatus.

An anonymous source cited by the Scotsman reportedly familiar with the deal claims that it’s been “kicked into the long grass.” What that means.

That report notes:

[T]he expanded EUCOM Into-Plane agreement covering the Scottish-Government owned airport and the US Defence [sic] Logistics Agency (DLA), which was due to come into force in a matter of weeks, has been put on hold until December at the earliest.

DOD officials confirmed the suspension but pushed back against claims that the deal had been scuttled or even delayed.

According to Politico, unnamed DLA officials claim the agreement was postponed because “most locations require site inspections and extensive negotiations.”

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Stopovers at the Scotland airport have tripled since 2015, but it is not known how many of those stops including a Guardian says Prestwick struck a deal with Trump Turnberry to offer discounted rooms to air The US military has reportedly spent million on fuel at the Scottish airport since October

Under that arrangement, the Scottish airport not only refuels American military planes but also helps arrange hotel accommodations for arriving crews, as Deputy commander of the Air Force Air Mobility Command Lt. Gen Jon T. Thomas said in a Monday interview that the Air Force has been using

“[B]oth the DLA Energy Technical and Contracting teams have a limited number of team members who are simultaneously working on multiple expansive programs,” that anonymous official added.

The DLA now says it hopes to renegotiate and sign off on the terms of the agreement–which originally went into effect in 2016–sometime in November of this year at the latest.

A spokesperson for Prestwick Airport more or less echoed that line: “The existing DLA approval has been extended by two months, until 30 November 2019. This is a European wide extension and not specific to the Glasgow Prestwick Airport location.”

But the Scotsman‘s source is calling shenanigans on those excuses.

“The DLA’s excuse for the delay is that it is slightly behind schedule in determining contract renewals,” the source said. “That’s nonsense. They don’t want to do anything until the Congressional committee’s investigation has concluded.”

And, McLaughlin noted, it’s likely that such refueling stops are about to become as scarce as Scottish independence:

[O]ne source said the “political heat” meant it was likely US Air Mobility Command movements through Prestwick would reduce in number as they are routed through other European locations.

Lawmakers threaten to subpoena Pentagon over Turnberry records.
The Pentagon has yet to respond to a June letter, but the Air Force said on Sunday night that it was reviewing procedures for airport stops.

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