The nominee for the number two spot at FEMA has withdrawn himself from consideration after facing some tough questions from NBC.
In 2005, a federal investigation came to the conclusion that Daniel A. Craig had falsified several government records while in service to the Bush administration. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States, he was found to have broken conflict-of-interest rules while awarding massive FEMA contracts.
The report was never made public, but reporters from NBC viewed it:
Craig said he was withdrawing his nomination after NBC News contacted him about the report. He also said there was information in the report that was incorrect and the result of ‘poor’ investigating and added that the IG had failed to follow up on information investigators were given at the time.
Craig was never charged with a crime for his actions and maintains he did nothing wrong. He said he properly accounted for all of the hours he worked.
If that’s the case, why did he immediately withdraw?
According to the report, he was looking for a job with companies he was awarding bidless contracts to, eventually finding a job as a lobbyist for a law firm that worked for — you guessed it — beneficiaries of FEMA contracts during his tenure. He even did job interviews during hours he was supposed to be working.
If he had actually been appointed to the Trump administration, he’d have fit right in. Trump himself has refused to divest from his business empire, and hundreds of conflicts-of-interest this presents are still being uncovered and may be for months and years to come.