The inspector general’s office for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs released an investigative report Tuesday that found no evidence that HUD Secretary Ben Carson used his position to benefit his son’s business interests in Baltimore, but he “could have done more to avoid the appearance that he was not complying with federal ethics regulations.”
The investigation stems largely from a 2017 “listening tour” in the city by Carson, a former neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The report said the inspector general’s office received “multiple complaints” that the HUD secretary allowed his son to invite companies and individuals to participate in the tour to advance his own financial interests. Ben Carson Jr. is chairman of a Columbia-based investment firm called Interprise Partners.
The investigation by the HUD watchdog specifically focuses on a stop on the tour in the Poppleton neighborhood, a hardscrabble part of West