Yet Another Trump Official Investigated for Misusing Government Funds on Travel

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 16, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating whether FEMA chief Brock Long used government vehicles during his trips between North Carolina and Washington, D.C., according to the report.

"All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG".

Long is the latest in a long line of Trump administration officials to come under fire for misusing government funds on travel.

Long addressed the investigation Thursday, telling reporters, "Every day we work closely with the OIG and the (Government Accountability Office)" and "we'll continue to fully cooperate with any investigation that moves forward".

"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", he said. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA, and not part of my track record and my whole entire career". Citing a current official, Politico also reported that aides were put up in a hotel at taxpayer expense on the weekends Long was in North Carolina.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a press conference on the federal response to Hurricane Irma at FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2017.

Politico said FEMA directed questions about the probe to the IG's office, which did not respond to the news organization's request for comment.

At the same briefing, he also referred to Florence multiple times as "Hurricane Floyd" - a storm that devastated parts of the East Coast in 1999, causing 87 deaths.

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".

Long reportedly began having a government driver take him home since he took control of FEMA previous year.

Long is now one of several top Trump administration officials who have faced intense scrutiny of their travel habits. He need only look at Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for examples of officials who misused taxpayer resources to jaunt around the country but have not suffered any consequences.

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