President Trump didn’t properly vet his nominee to fill the No.2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) it seems.
Apparently, all it took was a few questions from NBC News, and suddenly, at the amazement of everyone, Daniel A. Craig withdrew from consideration.
They dug up a 2011 report that was never publicly released showing that Craig had falsified government travel and timekeeping records while serving in the George W. Bush administration, and alternatively, there was a joint investigation into the matter by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
Craig, who previously accepted Trump’s nomination, simply isn’t willing to go before the Senate to discuss these matters (who must decide to confirm him), and it took a reality check from NBC. Imagine if NBC never asked him about it, and he went before the Senate only to be blindsided while giving testimony. Didn’t he properly think this through?
He sent the following email to NBC alerting them of his decision to withdraw:
“Given the distraction this will cause the Agency in a time when they cannot afford to lose focus, I have withdrawn from my nomination.”
While Craig admits he did nothing wrong, the IG report saw ethics violations from Craig showing that after he left FEMA under the Bush administration he worked as a lobbyist securing over $1 billion in FEMA contracts under the Katrina relief effort. Former senior officials are prohibited from lobbying on behalf of private corporations after leaving senior government roles for at least a year. But, Craig met up with former FEMA officials in an apparent attempt to secure those contracts. Craig also falsified time records and forced taxpayers to pay for trips that were for his own personal use.
Because of the Trump administration’s improper vetting of key personnel, FEMA has been ill-staffed to serve two of the biggest hurricanes to hit the United States in a very long time.