President Donald Trump’s nominee for the number two job at FEMA has withdrawn after NBC News discovered a federal investigation that found that he falsified records when he worked in the Bush administration.
Daniel Craig withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday, telling NBC News, “Given the distraction this will cause the Agency in a time when they cannot afford to lose focus, I have withdrawn from my nomination.”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 news comes after NBC discovered a 2011 report that had never been made public, showing that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security concluded Craig violated conflict-of-interest laws in awarding massive FEMA contracts after Hurricane Katrina.
The investigation also found he falsified government travel and timekeeping records.
Despite withdrawing, Craig claimed to NBC that the information in the report was untrue and the result of “poor” investigating.
Craig was never charged with a crime.
More, via NBC News:
Craig came under scrutiny by the Inspector General for allegedly exploiting his position as FEMA’s director of recovery for personal gain. At the time, the agency was giving $100 million contracts to private firms for temporary housing of Katrina victims, and the report said that Craig was seeking employment with those firms…
The IG report six years ago highlighted potential ethics concerns surrounding Craig after he left FEMA and became a lobbyist for a Miami-based law firm, Akerman Senterfitt, working on behalf of a client that secured more than $1 billion in FEMA contracts as part of the Katrina relief effort….