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Sep 20, 2018

Weekly Primer: As Prosecutors Get Involved, All Eyes On Brock Long

Brock Long’s abuse of government vehicles, staff time and taxpayer dollars made landfall this week, as early reports of an inspector general’s investigation turned into a raging storm and put Long’s job in immediate risk. We found out just a week ago that Long was under internal investigation for his frequent trips between Washington, D.C. and North Carolina. He repeatedly took with him a fleet of FEMA cars with FEMA drivers and FEMA staff who stayed in FEMA-funded hotel rooms. The news broke as FEMA was under scrutiny for its ongoing handling of Hurricane Florence, and for Long’s refusal to correct the President’s baseless conspiracy theory about Hurricane Maria’s death toll. Long granted Sunday that “some policies were not developed” regarding his use of vehicles, but it appears that doesn’t begin to cover it: The House Oversight Committee is involved, as are federal prosecutors. That most recent development reportedly almost led to Long quitting altogether. For now, he remains. In 1991,…

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