Bartlett seeks more data on copter flights

June 08, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett has repeated his request to President Clinton that more information be provided about taxpayer-funded military helicopters used by the White House.

Mr. Bartlett, a 6th District Republican, said Monday in a letter to the president that a May 31 memo provided by the White House about 12 helicopter trips taken by staff or officials was incomplete.

A White House aide lost his job last month after taking a presidential helicopter to a golf course at a country club near Camp David, the presidential retreat. Two presidential helicopters made the trip, and the man who ordered up flight, former White House administrator David Watkins, agreed to reimburse the government $13,129.66.

Mr. Bartlett, whose district contains the Frederick County golf course Mr. Watkins visited May 24, said the White House memo describes the origin and destination of that flight as Anacostia/Camp David.

"We know that the helicopter actually landed at the Holly Hills Country Club. However, that important stop was not listed on the White House memo," Mr. Bartlett said.

Mr. Bartlett said some helicopter flights were listed as one-way missions, with no information on the return trips.

He has requested logs and manifests for all helicopters.

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