Representatives for Judicial Watch, which obtained e-mails and other documents showing the requests, say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has treated the Air Force as her "personal airline." 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group. 

Representatives for Judicial Watch, which obtained e-mails and other documents from a Freedom of Information request, said the correspondence shows Pelosi has abused the system in place to accommodate congressional leaders and treated the Air Force as her "personal airline." 

Pelosi's office disputed the claim, pointing to White House policy enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks allowing for the House speaker to travel to his or her congressional district via military aircraft whenever possible for security reasons. Her office said she typically uses the same kind of aircraft used by her predecessor, Dennis Hastert. 

But Judicial Watch said that Pelosi was notorious for making special demands for high-end aircraft, lodging last-minute cancellations and racking up additional expenses for the military. 

The e-mails showed repeated attempts by Pelosi aides to request aircraft, sometimes aggressively, and by Department of Defense officials to accommodate them. 

"I think that's above and beyond what other members of Congress are doing and what is expected of our elected officials," said Jenny Small, a researcher with the group. 

In one e-mail, aide Kay King complained to the military that they had not made available any aircraft the House speaker wanted for Memorial Day recess. 

"It is my understanding there are NO G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable … The Speaker will want to know where the planes are," King wrote. 

In another, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King wrote: "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset Speaker." 

Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said the report seemed to be based on only "a few e-mails," and defended the requests for military aircraft for her colleagues as a "function of the speaker's office." Elshami said at least one of the requests in the above e-mails referenced requests made for other members. 

Pelosi's office noted that the Department of Defense ultimately makes all decisions on use of military aircraft for travel, and that Pelosi is "extraordinarily appreciative" of the department's effort to accommodate Congress. 

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  1. I also read where each flight of the type of aircraft she was “requesting” (demanding like a fishwife) costs $83,000. ONE FLIGHT. Yeah, she’s a real penny-pincher up there in Congress…My reply to that email where Kay King said the speaker would be “very disappointed” if she didn’t get the G5 would have been, “Yeah, we’re pretty p.o.’ed about how she’s running things up there in Congress, too. Jet fuel’s expensive and this ain’t Delta. NEXT.” 🙂

  2. This is the same person who wanted to make the Turks, our allies, get on their knees for some stupid stuff that may have happened 100 years ago. She and other Copperhead democrats actually wanted us to lose this war. Now that we are on the way to victory they will find another way to make us look bad. She and Durbin will embrace our Armed Forces when there is no political risk. This type of vermin is part of what you get in a democracy.

  3. Does this really surprise anybody. The government today see themselves as royalty the Kings and Duchesses of America. Every year they do nothing but prove how pro-self and anti-America they are. You do not get into politics anymore to better society you get into it to fatten your pockets.
    The real politicians that care are always overlooked because the blind sheeple in America don’t like to hear and don’t believe the truth when it’s told to them.
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    Adam Smith
    flights to Melbourne

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