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Ex-Biden official Sam Brinton arrested in Maryland

By Sarah May
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May 19, 2023

In the latest chapter of a strange saga involving a former Biden administration nuclear official, non-binary activist Sam Brinton was arrested Wednesday night at his Maryland home in what marks the third time he has been accused of stealing luggage from airports, as the Daily Wire reports.

This week's arrest stems from an incident said to have occurred at Reagan National Airport, and it comes on the heels of other charges resulting from similar conduct in Minneapolis and Nevada, both cases in which Brinton managed to avoid jail time.

Brinton Arrested

The Daily Wire notes that Brinton, 35, was taken into custody as a “fugitive from justice” at his Rockville residence after, as a neighbor explained, “four unmarked police cars showed up” and prevented the former Biden official's spouse, Kevin, from leaving the property.

“After about an hour, Sam Brinton was escorted out in handcuffs,” the neighbor added.

Additional details were provided by Rob Yingling of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), who revealed that authorities from his agency “executed a search warrant May 17 in Montgomery County, Maryland in connection with allegations of stolen property in luggage from Reagan National Airport that was brought to the department's attention in February 2023.”

Yingling further noted that grand larceny charges were pending against Brinton at the time of his arrest.

African Appropriation Alleged

According to the New York Post, Brinton's latest run-in with the law stems from claims that he stole baggage belonging to African fashion designer Asya Khamsin back in 2018.

Khamsin was reportedly alerted to the possibility that Brinton was responsible for the theft of her custom-designed garments when she saw news reports earlier this year regarding charges he was facing in other jurisdictions involving similar conduct, as Fox News reported at the time.

The Tanzanian designer noted that she had traveled to D.C. to take part in an event in which her creations were to be featured, but the theft of her bag from Reagan National Airport made her participation impossible.

Upon seeing images of Brinton wearing the same unique pieces she had packed in the bag that had been stolen, Khamsin contacted authorities and made a report, as the Post noted.

Pattern of Conduct

The allegations for which Brinton was arrested this week are strikingly similar to criminal charges he recently faced in connection with luggage thefts at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport as well as Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.

In the Minnesota case, Brinton was accused of removing a luggage tag from another airline passenger's bag and departing the building with it, taking items ultimately valued at $2,325.

Brinton subsequently faced additional charges in Nevada after authorities saw news reports regarding the Minneapolis charges and, upon review of airport security footage, linked the former Biden administration official to an unsolved luggage theft case in their own jurisdiction.

Though Brinton was facing upwards of 15 years' incarceration as a result of the two separate cases, he managed to skirt jail time in both scenarios, according to Fox News, in exchange for restitution and participation in an adult diversion program in Minneapolis.

What Comes Next?

As the Daily Wire reported, on Thursday, Brinton made a closed-circuit television appearance before Maryland Judge Victor Del Pino, who denied a request for release -- made by a public defender who temporarily spoke on his behalf -- and ordered his extradition to Virginia, where the alleged conduct occurred.

“I will deny the request to turn himself in. Virginia will pick him up. Good luck in Virginia, Mr. Brinton,” Del Pino said.

Brinton remains in custody at the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit, where he will await a June 14 extradition hearing, according to the Post.

Should Brinton hire an attorney, he may be able to secure an early release on bail pending further proceedings, but in the meantime, he may be housed in an all-male section of the Maryland facility until the matter of extradition is resolved.