Carl Truscott, the former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, violated ethics rules by requiring 20 employees to help his teenage nephew prepare a high school video project, says a new report by the Justice Department Inspector General. The Washington Post says the student project was part of a wide-ranging pattern of questionable expenditures on a new ATF headquarters, personal security and other items.
The report said that Truscott, who had headed President Bush’s security detail at the Secret Service, took trips with excessive numbers of ATF agents, including a $37,000 journey to London in 2005 with eight other employees. The findings come after Truscott’s abrupt resignation in August amid growing questions about his conduct. The Post had reported that Truscott had allegedly authorized or proposed hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of unnecessary plan changes and upgrades to the agency’s new 438,000-square-foot headquarters, which is behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget. Truscott protested that the report “impugns my character and integrity without basis.”