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Ethics group urged probe on Nikki Haley travel

AFP  |  Washington 

An anti-group had urged an investigation into Nikki Haley's acceptance of private airplanes and free basketball tickets a day before she resigned Tuesday as US to the

in had urged the State Department's general to probe seven flights that Haley and her husband took last year on the luxury aircraft of from South Carolina, where she was formerly

Haley, on a filing required of government employees, disclosed the flights from to and and estimated the highest value at USD 1,066, based on the cost of commercial first-class tickets.

But the pressure group said that the value was more likely in the tens of thousands of dollars.

It said in its letter that Haley's disclosure form was "insufficient to resolve concerns about her frequent acceptance of expensive gifts."

Walter Shaub, who headed the under Barack Obama, tweeted about the flights hours before Haley announced her resignation: "She undervalued them and it's not entirely clear if individuals or their companies bore the costs."

Haley also acknowledged receiving four tickets to a Knicks game worth a total of USD 19,588 courtesy of Vivek Garipalli, a she described in the disclosure form as a longtime friend.

in said that the flights could have value in the range of the tickets.

There was no immediate reaction from Haley or indication that the study was connected to her resignation.

Haley, meeting with Donald Trump, said that she wanted time off after six years as and nearly two representing his foreign policy at the

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 22:35 IST