Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) released a document Tuesday showing the transfer of almost $10 million from FEMA's budget had been transferred to ICE, accusing President Donald Trump's administration of diverting funds from hurricane relief just as hurricane season was starting.
"We have no way of knowing if she is being truthful about her involvement in the transfer of almost $10 million from FEMA to ICE because she has refused to come clean about her record", said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress.
"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly", Long added. "Bottom line is, if we made a mistake on how a program is run, we'll work with the OIG to get those corrected".
Long, the DHS IG's office, and the White House all did not respond to Politico's requests for comment. "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.
In a statement, FEMA Director of External Affairs Jessica Nalepa referred any questions about the reported investigation to the DHS inspector general's office, and said the disaster agency cooperated with all such investigations.
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In that case, he was found guilty on eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failure to report a foreign bank account. The 69-year-old becomes the most prominent former Trump campaign official to plead guilty in Mueller's investigation.
"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager".
The investigation was confirmed by the agency.
Several current and former Trump administration officials have been investigated over their travel expenses.
Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid a series of spending and other ethics-related controversies, and former health secretary, Tom Price, resigned in 2017 following revelations of his use of costly private planes for government business. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt were all felled in part due to their own lavish travel scandals. 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.