Trump FEMA nominee withdraws after getting busted for falsifying records
Daniel A. Craig, who was tapped by President Donald Trump to serve at the No. 2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has withdrawn from consideration after an NBC News report revealed that he allegedly falsified travel and timekeeping records during his tenure at the Bush administration in 2005.
The investigation, which was conducted by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, found that Craig falsely claimed that a trip he was taking to Louisiana in 2005 was for official government-related business, when in reality, he was seeking a job at the Shaw Group, a construction company that received a massive contract to help rebuild the state in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Even more damning, the supervisor who was in charge of signing off on FEMA employees’ travel vouchers claimed that the signature on Craig’s voucher had been forged. And finally, the investigation found that Craig regularly claimed to be doing official business at times that he was actually interviewing for other jobs.
However, NBC News notes that the investigation “concluded there was insufficient evidence that Craig had violated conflict-of-interest laws in the awarding of huge FEMA contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” which is why he never faced charges.