BREAKING: Trump FEMA Nominee Withdraws After Being Busted Falsifying Records
Daniel A. Craig, President Trump’s nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency withdrew from consideration on Wednesday after a federal investigation found he had falsified government travel and timekeeping records, NBC News reports.
“Given the distraction, this will cause the Agency in a time when they cannot afford to lose focus, I have withdrawn from my nomination,” the former nominee, Daniel A. Craig, said in an email to NBC News.
The investigation, which was reviewed by NBC News, was conducted by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and revealed conduct by Craig that could have been an impediment to his confirmation by the Senate had he not withdrawn.
Craig said he was withdrawing his nomination after NBC News contacted him about the probe. 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 has not been 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.
In July, Trump nominated Craig to serve as FEMA’s deputy administrator. His nomination had been referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; the committee had yet to move forward on the nomination.
As NBC noted, Craig’s falsification of records, substantiated in the report, could have become a major stumbling block for confirmation.