Trump Regime

Report: Investigation of FEMA Director Referred to Prosecutors

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Wall Street Journal first reported last night that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general has referred his investigation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Brock Long to federal prosecutors.

According to the Journal, they're chiefly interested in Long's entourage crashing a government vehicle and then covering it up.

Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and two other federal employees may have broken as many as six laws as they commuted frequently between Washington and Mr. Long’s home in Hickory, N.C., at taxpayers’ expense, said one of the people briefed on the investigation. [...]

During one of those trips, a federal employee was driving a government vehicle that was involved in an accident, the people familiar with the probe said. The driver didn’t properly report the accident, and is included in the inspector general’s referral to the U.S. attorney’s office, one of the people said.

It may be the cover-up that catches up to them in this case, because we wouldn't even know Long's groupies crashed a vehicle if the inspector general had not put a tail on them.

In related news, Long is also now under investigation by Congress.

Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to Mr. Long on Monday requesting documentation and other information related to his use of government vehicles and about the agency personnel who may have accompanied him on the trips.

Mr. Gowdy learned of the potential misuse last week from news reports, but he delayed starting an inquiry as FEMA girded for what was then Hurricane Florence, which was bearing down on the Carolina coast.

If Gowdy only learned about this from news reports, we can thank the unnamed officials who leaked the details of the investigation to Politico last week. Word of this investigation would have reached Gowdy already if congressional Republicans had exercised due diligence and investigated FEMA's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Multiple reports have said the White House is now looking for a replacement for Brock Long, but for that I believe we can also thank the unnamed officials.

The Trump regime doesn't do the right thing because they want to, only when they're forced to. That also applies to congressional Republicans.

  • muselet

    Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    I have to wonder, how the head of FEMA impacts contracts to those providing repair and relief. Especially as that relates to the FEMA response or lack thereof post Hurricane Maria. Someone like Brock Long in charge who clearly does not follow specific protocols that involve self dealing and misappropriation of government resources has to raise concerns.
    Especially since some of those contracts were given out to clearly unqualified and unprepared companies.
    We call this…..Congressional oversight.

    • fry1laurie

      The “MAGA” construction company, now open for business!

  • It’s still not clear why Long felt the need to drive back and forth to NC so frequently. He could have flown. And why take the staff? It just doesn’t make sense.

    • Nefercat

      I think he just gets off on the whole motorcade thing. So powerful! So presidential! So dictatory! Also he’s a grifting sleazoid.

  • katanahamon

    What about Rump’s frequent use of his own personal properties? What about Rump’s rallies, are taxpayers footing that bill too, just so he can feel like a dictator and lie and spread propaganda at our expense? What about all the other violations of the emoluments clause that Rump is guilty of??