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.