Trump's FEMA administrator under investigation over use of official cars

Gwen Vasquez
September 16, 2018

The inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether Long improperly used agency vehicles to commute from Washington to North Carolina, where his family resides, according to a report by Politico.

The Wall Street Journal reports that senior officials have discussed replacing Long, who was appointed to the position a year ago by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Carolina detention centers say it will not relocate inmates in mandatory evacuation zones Letitia James routs three Dems to win New York AG primary Trump slams Kerry for "illegal" meetings with Iran MORE, due to an investigation into the FEMA chief's potential misuse of federal resources.

Long said the inspector general was looking into vehicle usage, but he didn't confirm that the review concerned his use of an official vehicle.

Numerous Trump administration officials have been accused of improperly using taxpayer money and government resources for personal benefit.

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he said.

"Bottom line is, we'll continue to fully cooperate with any investigation that goes on and own up to any mistakes and push forward and keep going", he said. "Doing something unethical is not in my DNA, it is not part of my track record", Long told reporters at a briefing on the storm. The administrator's trips home to North Carolina have also drawn the ire of his boss, DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who reportedly confronted him about them this summer.

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FEMA is already under scrutiny as the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence prepares to make landfall along the Carolina coast.

Over 1 million residents of coastal states including North Carolina and SC were ordered to evacuate as of Thursday afternoon, ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Florence on Friday.

Representatives for the inspector general and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Both FEMA and ICE are agencies managed by DHS.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a news conference at the National Hurricane Center as National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham, right, looks on, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Miami. She called Long "an experienced and respected emergency manager".

Houlton said in a statement that Homeland Security is "fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific". Former EPA head Scott Pruitt, for example, was forced to resign over his travel habits.

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