Trump Regime

The Director of FEMA is Under Investigation

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Unfortunately, I cannot say Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Brock Long is under investigation for the agency's poor response to natural disasters, but he is under investigation for very familiar reasons.

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general is investigating Long's use of government vehicles for long distance trips that also include his aides. And this is a weird one, because Long has reportedly been on the road for so many hours he's missing time at work.

Long’s routine absences from the office due to frequent six-hour drives between North Carolina and Washington also drew [DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s] attention, this person said. Nielsen had raised the issue of Long’s in-office schedule with him in recent months, this person added.

At a meeting in late August, Nielsen confronted Long about his travel, though people familiar with the meeting gave conflicting accounts about whether she took the step of asking him to step down over the issue.

One of the officials said Nielsen asked Long to consider resigning, though he declined to do so and remains in his role.

Driving back and forth between North Carolina and Washington every week and missing time at the office because of it is weird and it could even be more costly than simply flying.

According to Politico, Long's aides have also traveled with him back and forth to his home in North Carolina and taxpayers have been paying for their hotel rooms near Long's home.

Long has reportedly started driving himself, rather than use a government driver, but he's still using government vehicles and his aides are still traveling with him as far as we know.

Recent experience tells us there's probably more to this story and he's done more than simply drive across multiple states each week. And we don't know how many hours Long as missed at the office, but I feel like he would have to miss an awful lot of time for anyone in the Trump regime to care or even notice.

It seems unlikely to me that Nielson would urge him to resign if this is all there is to the story.

Of course, we should also consider the absurdity of urging him to resign over this rather than, you know, his response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

  • Badgerite

    Un-ffffffing-believable. Swamp things everywhere.

  • Aynwrong

    I believe it was this tool I was briefly, listening to in an NPR interview this afternoon. He was insufferable. Every answer to every question about Puerto Rican casualties was a bromide about getting the job done or the greatness of Trump and when the reporter asked what he would say to Puerto Rican Americans who lost loved ones and weren’t satisfied with FEMA’s actions he shifted blame to the Puerto Rican government.

    FEMA is, in my opinion, one of those agencies that should be kept as apolitical as possible. It’s the last place that should be led by a Yes Man.

  • I bet he’s having an affair with someone on his staff and she/he is his traveling “companion”.

    • Aynwrong

      First thought that occurred to me.

  • Georgie

    It’s just endless. And they are so very, very stupid about this stuff.

  • muselet

    The IG is investigating whether Long misused government resources and personnel on trips back home to Hickory, North Carolina, on the weekends, said two of the officials. The IG’s interest was drawn after one of the vehicles — a black Suburban — was involved in an accident, according to one of [Politico’s sources].

    Brock Long sounds like he’s cut from the same (very entitled) cloth as Scott Pruitt. I wonder if he bothered to report the damage to the government Suburban he was driving (not a chance).

    All the best people will, as Charlie Pierce often reminds us, never not be funny.