The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security has passed an investigation into a Trump administration official's travel habits over to federal prosecutors for review.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long has been under investigation for several months over his travels back and forth from Washington, D.C. to his home in Hickory, North Carolina. Long, according to The Wall Street Journal, often leaves the nation's capital on Thursdays and travels home in a convoy of government vehicles. His fellow government employees stay in hotel rooms near his home.
The Journal reported that the IG's investigation is now in the hands of prosecutors, who will determine if Long and two other federal workers should be charged with criminal offenses for using government vehicles and funds for commuting purposes.
Federal investigators, the Journal reported, told Long in 2017 that he was violating the law by using government vehicles to travel home. Long continued the practice after that, which prompted the IG's office to begin surveillance on him. Investigators covertly followed his caravan of cars back to North Carolina.
Long insisted Sunday he has not been asked to resign, adding that he had the authorization to travel home in government cars because the head of FEMA needs access to secure communications at all times.
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