A group of Republican lawmakers is questioning Attorney General Eric Holder's (above) use of FBI planes for personal travel.
With regard to reserving FBI planes, the lawmakers want to know: "How many times has a request for FBI aviation support been unfulfilled because personnel and/or equipment were not available?" and "How many investigative operations had unfulfilled aviation requests regardless of reason?"
The lawmakers are also seeking details of claims that Holder failed to notify the FBI in a timely manner when he decided to change his travel plans.
"If these allegations are true, describe in detail each such instance where the FBI had to lease an additional plane due to Justice Department executive travel," the letter requests.
The lawmakers are also interested in the cost of personal travel by DOJ officials.
"Does the Attorney General reimburse the taxpayer for personal travel expenses when he uses FBI aircraft, like Secretary Panetta does with the DOD?" the letter asks. "If so, at what rate does he reimburse the taxpayer and how does that rate compare with the actual costs of using the aircraft? How much was reimbursed total in each fiscal year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012?"
Other questions include, "Where does executive transportation rank on the FBI's priority list for aviation operations?"
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.