With the aftermath of Hurricane Florence causing chaos, it’s already been a difficult week for the Federal Emergency Management Agency—but it could have been much worse. FEMA Chief Brock Long was reportedly brought to the verge of quitting his post over his bitter feud with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Long is the subject of an internal investigation into his use of government vehicles to travel between Washington, D.C. and his home in North Carolina. He was reportedly assured nothing would happen while he coordinated the response to Florence, but is said to have felt betrayed when he learned the DHS Office of Inspector General had referred his case to federal prosecutors for a possible criminal investigation on Monday. “It was FEMA personnel who convinced him not to quit,” one congressional aide briefed on the matter told The Washington Post. At least 37 people are dead from Florence and its record flooding.
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