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Trump's FEMA Chief Faces Investigation For Personal Use Of Government Vehicles

Long listens as U.S. President Donald Trump holds an Oval Office meeting on preparations for hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington The Latest: Outer rain bands approaching N. Carolina coast
Sandra Phillips | 16 September, 2018, 03:36

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

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".

During the question and answer session Long was asked if he thought all the laws and practices were followed.

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. His office will play an integral role in the government's response to Hurricane Florence, which is now affecting the Carolinas.

"What concerns me the most is trying to get to the people who didn't evacuate and that's incredibly hard to do, so we can't put our own people in danger", said administrator Brock Long, who spoke to CBS News right before he went to brief the president. "At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton told Politico in a statement.

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It was reported earlier this week that Long is facing an inspector general investigation over his use of government vehicles and staff to drive him from his office in Washington, D.C., to his home in North Carolina. "Bottom line is if we made a mistakes on how a program is run, we'll work with OIG to get those corrected", Long said. FEMA has already warned that the storm could cause catastrophic damage. She called Long "an experienced and respected emergency manager".

He said Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "is confident in the leadership at FEMA and their proven disaster management ability", he said.

The investigation was confirmed by the agency.

Other Trump Administration officials have been investigated for ethics issues related to travel. 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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