Politico first reported last week that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Brock Long has been under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general for using government vehicles for personal travel.
They also reported that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urged Long to resign.
Now, I wasn't exactly stepping out on a long limb when I speculated that there must be more to the story. It's unlikely that anyone in the Trump regime would be asked to resign just for misusing government vehicles.
To wit, the Wall Street Journal reports that investigators literally followed and conducted surveillance on Brock Long because he continued to use government vehicles for his long drives even after he was told it was illegal.
Moreover, it appears Long is already preparing for his next job.
Investigators have told administration officials that Mr. Long, while under surveillance, often left agency headquarters on Thursdays and traveled home with a caravan of federal workers, who stayed in nearby hotels for the long weekend, the people said. He has spent about 150 days in North Carolina since he took over the job last year, which included weekends and time-off, the people said. [...]
The Department of Homeland Security inspector general is also reviewing communications between Mr. Long and a FEMA contractor that appear to include discussions about future employment, said one of the people briefed on the investigation. Investigators are also looking into an accident involving an SUV, owned by the federal government and used to transport the director, that wasn’t properly reported, the person said.
Mr. Long was informed last fall by DHS attorneys and the inspector general that his trips home violated the law, the people said.
If Long has spent 150 days in North Carolina, I can only guess how much his "caravan" of staff have spent on room and board on each of these days. And if the "caravan" also used government vehicles to travel back and forth between Washington and North Carolina every week, the cost of gasoline, oil, and frequent maintenance must have been very high.
Of course, this also means Brock Long has spent nearly as many days in North Carolina as Donald Trump has spent on the golf course.
In related news, Brock Long still hasn't accepted any responsibility for his agency's botched response to Hurricane Maria.
Here's Long suggesting that nearly 3,000 died during and after Hurricane Maria because Puerto Rican men beat their wives.
WATCH: FEMA Administrator Brock Long calls Puerto Rico studies “frustrating” #MTP@FEMA_Brock: “You might see more deaths indirectly as time goes on... Spousal abuse goes through the roof. You can’t blame spousal abuse after a disaster on anyone” pic.twitter.com/PcDGCiJyGd
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 16, 2018
I did not have a particularly strong opinion for or against Brock Long until recently. Now I'm absolutely convinced he's a piece of shit and, if anyone is beating their wives, it's probably him; not Puerto Ricans.