Missouri Attorney General Schmitt’s office corrects story, says campaign paid for trip—not the state

The office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said on Sunday that Schmitt’s travel to El Paso was actually paid for by his Senate campaign, not the State of Missouri.

Last week, a spokesperson for Schmitt said that the trip was paid for by the state. The spokesperson, Chris Nuelle, even went so far as to explain that he had booked the cheapest accommodations possible. “I booked the cheapest possible accommodations (I stayed at the La Quinta Airport) for this trip to reduce the money spent.”

However, Nuelle said on Sunday that there was a miscommunication. Schmitt’s Senate campaign paid for his travel to the U.S.- Mexico border, while Nuelle’s travel expenses were covered by the state.

When the initial announcement came out, Nuelle defended the trip by saying that “The trip was paid for by the State, because it was a lawsuit filed by the State of Missouri on behalf of the people of Missouri.”

Schmitt was going to the border to announce his filing of a federal lawsuit against President Joe Biden to resume construction on the border wall. He joined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in El Paso to make the announcement.




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