President Donald Trump FEMA Nominee Asks To Withdraw His Nomination | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

President Donald Trump FEMA Nominee Asks To Withdraw His Nomination | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


PROXY.>>MY STRONG FEELING, TOO.>>MY STRONG FEELING, TOO.>>THANK YOU, MY FRIEND.>>THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. I APPRECIATE IT. I APPRECIATE IT. EEK. EEK. I HAVE CONGRATULATIONS TO OFFER. I HAVE CONGRATULATIONS TO OFFER. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS. WE ARE GETTING A NEW BOAT. WE ARE GETTING A NEW BOAT. NOT RIGHT AWAY. NOT RIGHT AWAY. WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE IF, IN WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE IF, IN FACT, THERE IS A CONVICTION. FACT, THERE IS A CONVICTION. IF THERE IS, LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE IF THERE IS, LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE GETTING. GETTING. NOW WHEN I FIRST READ THIS IN NOW WHEN I FIRST READ THIS IN THE INDICTMENT I THOUGHT, OH, THE INDICTMENT I THOUGHT, OH, WE’RE GETTING A LITTLE SAILBOAT WE’RE GETTING A LITTLE SAILBOAT THING. THING. IT’S A CATAMARAN AND A NUMBER, I IT’S A CATAMARAN AND A NUMBER, I THOUGHT LIKE A LITTLE TRAINING THOUGHT LIKE A LITTLE TRAINING SAILING BOAT. SAILING BOAT. FULL DISCLOSURE, THAT FULL DISCLOSURE, THAT MISCONCEPTION ON MY PART MIGHT MISCONCEPTION ON MY PART MIGHT BE BECAUSE I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BE BECAUSE I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BOATS. BOATS. I DO OWN A CANOE, BUT I STILL I DO OWN A CANOE, BUT I STILL DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW TO DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW TO CONTROL THAT. CONTROL THAT. IF I TRIED TO DO IT MYSELF, I IF I TRIED TO DO IT MYSELF, I WOULD GO AROUND IN CIRCLES. WOULD GO AROUND IN CIRCLES. THE ONLY WAY I CAN OPERATE IS IF THE ONLY WAY I CAN OPERATE IS IF SUSAN WANTS TO PADDLE ME AROUND SUSAN WANTS TO PADDLE ME AROUND IN WHICH CASE I CATCH GIGANTIC IN WHICH CASE I CATCH GIGANTIC FISH LIKE THAT. FISH LIKE THAT. GRAIN OF SALT HERE, I DON’T GET GRAIN OF SALT HERE, I DON’T GET BOATS. BOATS. I’M READING THROUGH THIS PART OF I’M READING THROUGH THIS PART OF THE INDICTMENT AND IT DESCRIBES THE INDICTMENT AND IT DESCRIBES THAT WE, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, THAT WE, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, ARE ABOUT TO GET A CATAMARAN, TO ARE ABOUT TO GET A CATAMARAN, TO ME, BOAT CONCEPTS, THAT SEEMS NO ME, BOAT CONCEPTS, THAT SEEMS NO BIG DEAL. BIG DEAL. THEN YOU LOOK THE THING UP BY THEN YOU LOOK THE THING UP BY THE HULL NUMBER THAT IS IN THE THE HULL NUMBER THAT IS IN THE INDICTMENT, THE CATAMARAN HULL INDICTMENT, THE CATAMARAN HULL NUMBER AND IT’S NOT SOME NUMBER AND IT’S NOT SOME TRAINING SAILBOAT. TRAINING SAILBOAT. IT’S A 40-FOOT-LONG CATAMARAN. IT’S A 40-FOOT-LONG CATAMARAN. AND IT’S A SPEEDBOAT THINGY. AND IT’S A SPEEDBOAT THINGY. DO WE HAVE THE PICTURE? DO WE HAVE THE PICTURE? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS IS IT. THIS IS IT. THIS IS A 40-FOOT CATAMARAN, THIS IS A 40-FOOT CATAMARAN, THIS PLUSH SPEEDBOAT THING. THIS PLUSH SPEEDBOAT THING. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GETTING. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GETTING. WHICH IS VERY NICE, RIGHT? WHICH IS VERY NICE, RIGHT? CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER. CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER. WE’RE GETTING ONE OF THESE. WE’RE GETTING ONE OF THESE. IT’S A 2018. IT’S A 2018. BRAND-NEW. BRAND-NEW. NICE BRAND. NICE BRAND. WE’RE ALSO GETTING A 2018 FORD WE’RE ALSO GETTING A 2018 FORD F-150, ALSO A TRAIL THEY’RE GOES F-150, ALSO A TRAIL THEY’RE GOES WITH IT. WITH IT. AND I THINK WE’RE ALSO GOING TO AND I THINK WE’RE ALSO GOING TO GET THESE TWO ITEMS FROM GET THESE TWO ITEMS FROM CATERPILLAR. CATERPILLAR. THIS IS THE FIRST ONE. THIS IS THE FIRST ONE. I DON’T THINK OF THESE THINGS AS I DON’T THINK OF THESE THINGS AS THE SORT OF THING PEOPLE BRING THE SORT OF THING PEOPLE BRING HOME FOR PERSONAL USE, BUT HOW HOME FOR PERSONAL USE, BUT HOW FUN WOULD THIS BE? FUN WOULD THIS BE? A MODEL JUST LIKE THIS IS A MODEL JUST LIKE THIS IS DESCRIBED IN THE INDICTMENT AS A DESCRIBED IN THE INDICTMENT AS A TRACTOR. TRACTOR. WHEN YOU LOOK IT UP BASED ON THE WHEN YOU LOOK IT UP BASED ON THE MODEL NUMBER, IT’S WHAT MODEL NUMBER, IT’S WHAT CATERPILLAR CALLS A SMALL DOZER. CATERPILLAR CALLS A SMALL DOZER. WHICH WOULD BE FUN. WHICH WOULD BE FUN. IMAGINE TOOLING AROUND ON THAT IMAGINE TOOLING AROUND ON THAT ON YOUR BACK LAWN. ON YOUR BACK LAWN. ALSO WE’RE GETTING ONE OF THESE. ALSO WE’RE GETTING ONE OF THESE. IT’S A MODEL 320 MEDIUM SIZED IT’S A MODEL 320 MEDIUM SIZED CATERPILLAR HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR. CATERPILLAR HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR. WE, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, ARE WE, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, ARE GETTING ONE OF THESE TO PLAY GETTING ONE OF THESE TO PLAY WITH. WITH. PLUS ABOUT $5 MILLION IN CASH. PLUS ABOUT $5 MILLION IN CASH. BECAUSE IF IT TURNS OUT YOU WERE BECAUSE IF IT TURNS OUT YOU WERE ONLY ABLE TO OBTAIN ALL THAT ONLY ABLE TO OBTAIN ALL THAT CASH AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS, CASH AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS, THAT SURPRISINGLY LARGE BOAT AND THAT SURPRISINGLY LARGE BOAT AND THE SMALL DOZER AND ALL THE REST THE SMALL DOZER AND ALL THE REST OF IT, IF YOU WERE ONLY ABLE TO OF IT, IF YOU WERE ONLY ABLE TO GET ALL OF THOSE GREAT THINGS GET ALL OF THOSE GREAT THINGS BECAUSE OF YOUR CRIMES, BECAUSE OF YOUR CRIMES, SPECIFICALLY IN THIS CASE SPECIFICALLY IN THIS CASE BECAUSE OF YOUR BRIBERY OF THE BECAUSE OF YOUR BRIBERY OF THE MAIN OFFICIAL CHARGED BY THE MAIN OFFICIAL CHARGED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH OVERSEEING THE REBUILDING OF OVERSEEING THE REBUILDING OF PUERTO RICO’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUERTO RICO’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND POWER GRID AFTER HURRICANE POWER GRID AFTER HURRICANE MARIA, WELL, THEN IF YOU ARE, IN MARIA, WELL, THEN IF YOU ARE, IN FACT, CONVICTED OF THOSE CRIMES FACT, CONVICTED OF THOSE CRIMES FOR WHICH YOU ARE NOW ACCUSED, FOR WHICH YOU ARE NOW ACCUSED, YOU WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP THE YOU WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP THE FRUITS OF THOSE CRIMES. FRUITS OF THOSE CRIMES. YOU WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP THE YOU WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP THE LOOT, THE CASH, THE AMAZING LOOT, THE CASH, THE AMAZING MEDIUM SIZED HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR MEDIUM SIZED HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR AND THE FAST 40-FOOT CATAMARAN AND THE FAST 40-FOOT CATAMARAN AND THE BOAT AND THE TRAILER AND AND THE BOAT AND THE TRAILER AND THE TRUCK AND ALL THE REST OF THE TRUCK AND ALL THE REST OF IT. IT. IN ANY OTHER PRESIDENTIAL IN ANY OTHER PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION AFTER 3,000 ADMINISTRATION AFTER 3,000 AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN A AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN A CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE AND A CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE AND A BOTCHED FEDERAL RESPONSE THERE BOTCHED FEDERAL RESPONSE THERE AFTER, IT WOULD BE THE SCANDAL AFTER, IT WOULD BE THE SCANDAL OF THE YEAR. OF THE YEAR. IT WOULD BE A PRESIDENCY IT WOULD BE A PRESIDENCY DEFINING, IF NOT PRESIDENCY DEFINING, IF NOT PRESIDENCY ENDING SCANDAL, IF THE TOP ENDING SCANDAL, IF THE TOP PERSON WHO THE FEDERAL PERSON WHO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PUT IN CHARGE OF GOVERNMENT PUT IN CHARGE OF INFRASTRUCTURE REBUILDING AFTER INFRASTRUCTURE REBUILDING AFTER THAT HURRICANE GOT ARRESTED AND THAT HURRICANE GOT ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TEN FELONIES FOR CHARGED WITH TEN FELONIES FOR ALLEGEDLY TAKING BRIBES FROM THE ALLEGEDLY TAKING BRIBES FROM THE CONTRACTOR WHO GOT HUGE CONTRACTOR WHO GOT HUGE CONTRACTS TO DO THAT WORK. CONTRACTS TO DO THAT WORK. OH, AND BY THE WAY, THE WORK OH, AND BY THE WAY, THE WORK STILL ISN’T DONE AND IT’S AN STILL ISN’T DONE AND IT’S AN ONGOING DISASTER. ONGOING DISASTER. THE CONTRACTOR HIMSELF WAS THE CONTRACTOR HIMSELF WAS CHARGED WITH EIGHT FELONY CHARGED WITH EIGHT FELONY COUNTS. COUNTS. HE WILL HAVE TO HAND OVER HIS HE WILL HAVE TO HAND OVER HIS SURPRISINGLY FAST BOAT AND THE SURPRISINGLY FAST BOAT AND THE BULLDOZER AND THE TRUCK AND THE BULLDOZER AND THE TRUCK AND THE CASH AND ALL THE REST. CASH AND ALL THE REST. IN ADDITION TO HIM, A FEMA IN ADDITION TO HIM, A FEMA DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF CHARGED DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF CHARGED WITH THREE FELONY ACCOUNTS FOR WITH THREE FELONY ACCOUNTS FOR ALLEGEDLY SETTING HERSELF UP ALLEGEDLY SETTING HERSELF UP WITH A PRIVATE SECTOR JOB WHILE WITH A PRIVATE SECTOR JOB WHILE WORKING ON FEMA CONTRACTS FOR WORKING ON FEMA CONTRACTS FOR THE COMPANY SHE WAS GETTING TO THE COMPANY SHE WAS GETTING TO HIRE HER AT SOMETHING ROUGHLY HIRE HER AT SOMETHING ROUGHLY APPROACHING TRIPLE HER FEMA APPROACHING TRIPLE HER FEMA SALARY AND, OF COURSE, THERE’S SALARY AND, OF COURSE, THERE’S THE DEPUTY REGIONAL THE DEPUTY REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR IN FEMA IN PUERTO ADMINISTRATOR IN FEMA IN PUERTO RICO WHO WAS DESIGNATED THE RICO WHO WAS DESIGNATED THE SECTOR LEAD THERE FOR POWER AND SECTOR LEAD THERE FOR POWER AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOLLOWING THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOLLOWING THE HURRICANE MARIA DISASTER. HURRICANE MARIA DISASTER. DO YOU REMEMBER WHY ALL THOSE DO YOU REMEMBER WHY ALL THOSE PEOPLE DIED AFTER THE HURRICANE PEOPLE DIED AFTER THE HURRICANE HAD BLOWN THROUGH? HAD BLOWN THROUGH? NO POWER, INCLUDING NO POWER TO NO POWER, INCLUDING NO POWER TO THE HOSPITALS AND ALL THE REST THE HOSPITALS AND ALL THE REST OF IT. OF IT. THAT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THAT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL IS NOW FACING TEN OFFICIAL IS NOW FACING TEN FELONY CHARGES, BRIBERY, FELONY CHARGES, BRIBERY, CONSPIRACY, HONEST SERVICES, CONSPIRACY, HONEST SERVICES, WIRE FRAUD. WIRE FRAUD. IN TERMS OF THIS ONGOING IN TERMS OF THIS ONGOING DISASTER, YOU MAY REMEMBER HOW DISASTER, YOU MAY REMEMBER HOW SOME OF THIS SHOOK OUT, THAT THE SOME OF THIS SHOOK OUT, THAT THE FIRST CONTRACTOR WHO GOT A FIRST CONTRACTOR WHO GOT A GIGANTIC, INEXPLICABLE CONTRACT GIGANTIC, INEXPLICABLE CONTRACT FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO REBUILD THE POWER GRID IN PUERTO REBUILD THE POWER GRID IN PUERTO RICO, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE’S RICO, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE’S LIVES WERE HINGING, THE FIRST LIVES WERE HINGING, THE FIRST CONTRACTOR WHO GOT THAT HUGE CONTRACTOR WHO GOT THAT HUGE CONTRACT FROM FEMA TO REBUILD CONTRACT FROM FEMA TO REBUILD PUERTO RICO’S GRID WAS A PUERTO RICO’S GRID WAS A MYSTERIOUS PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD OF MYSTERIOUS PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD OF CONTRACTOR FROM MONTANA WHO CONTRACTOR FROM MONTANA WHO SEEMED TO HAVE LINKS TO THE SEEMED TO HAVE LINKS TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MAYBE. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MAYBE. A FIRM WITH BASICALLY NO A FIRM WITH BASICALLY NO EMPLOYEES. EMPLOYEES. TWO FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES. TWO FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES. AFTER LOTS OF CONTROVERSY OVER AFTER LOTS OF CONTROVERSY OVER WHO THEY WERE AND HOW THEY GOT WHO THEY WERE AND HOW THEY GOT THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT GIG, THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT GIG, THEY ULTIMATELY LOST THE GIG THEY ULTIMATELY LOST THE GIG WHEN THEY COULDN’T EXPLAIN, WHEN THEY COULDN’T EXPLAIN, AMONG OTHER THINGS, WHY THEY AMONG OTHER THINGS, WHY THEY WERE PLANNING TO CHARGE THE U.S. WERE PLANNING TO CHARGE THE U.S. TAXPAYERS AN HOURLY RATE FOR ALL TAXPAYERS AN HOURLY RATE FOR ALL THE LINEMEN WHO WOULD BE WORKING THE LINEMEN WHO WOULD BE WORKING ON ELECTRICAL LINES IN PUERTO ON ELECTRICAL LINES IN PUERTO RICO, CHARGING AN HOURLY RATE RICO, CHARGING AN HOURLY RATE FOR THOSE LINEMEN OF $300 PER FOR THOSE LINEMEN OF $300 PER HOUR. HOUR. PER LINEMAN. PER LINEMAN. AND SO THAT CONTRACT FELL APART AND SO THAT CONTRACT FELL APART IN SCANDAL. IN SCANDAL. THAT WAS THE FIRST CONTRACT THEY THAT WAS THE FIRST CONTRACT THEY GAVE OUT AFTER HURRICANE MARIA GAVE OUT AFTER HURRICANE MARIA TO SET UP THE GRID. TO SET UP THE GRID. THEN THEY BROUGHT THIS OTHER THEN THEY BROUGHT THIS OTHER CONTRACTOR ONBOARD. CONTRACTOR ONBOARD. THROUGH FEMA THIS OTHER THROUGH FEMA THIS OTHER CONTRACTOR CALLED COBRA WAS CONTRACTOR CALLED COBRA WAS GOING TO GET PAID $1.8 BILLION GOING TO GET PAID $1.8 BILLION AS THE PLAN B SECOND CHOICE AS THE PLAN B SECOND CHOICE CONTRACTOR TO REBUILD PUERTO CONTRACTOR TO REBUILD PUERTO RICO’S ELECTRICAL GRID. RICO’S ELECTRICAL GRID. THEY GOT PAID $1.1 BILLION THEY GOT PAID $1.1 BILLION BEFORE THEIR CONTRACT, TOO, WAS BEFORE THEIR CONTRACT, TOO, WAS CANCELED BECAUSE OF MYSTERIOUS CANCELED BECAUSE OF MYSTERIOUS IRREGULARITIES DISCOVERED ONLY IRREGULARITIES DISCOVERED ONLY AFTER $1.1 BILLION HAD ALREADY AFTER $1.1 BILLION HAD ALREADY BEEN DISPERSED TO THEM. BEEN DISPERSED TO THEM. THOSE IRREGULARITIES ARE LESS THOSE IRREGULARITIES ARE LESS MYSTERIOUS NOW THAT WE CAN SEE MYSTERIOUS NOW THAT WE CAN SEE THIS LITTANY OF BRIBERY CHARGES THIS LITTANY OF BRIBERY CHARGES LAID OUT IN THIS INDICTMENT. LAID OUT IN THIS INDICTMENT. THIS HAS BEEN A DISASTROUSLY THIS HAS BEEN A DISASTROUSLY MANAGED MAN MADE CATASTROPHE MANAGED MAN MADE CATASTROPHE FROM BEGINNING TO END AND IT FROM BEGINNING TO END AND IT CONTINUES. CONTINUES. THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO HAVE THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO HAVE PAID AND ARE PAYING THE HUMAN PAID AND ARE PAYING THE HUMAN PRICE FOR IT. PRICE FOR IT. NOW WE HAVE THESE THREE ARRESTS NOW WE HAVE THESE THREE ARRESTS AND DEPENDING ON HOW THE AND DEPENDING ON HOW THE PROSECUTIONS TURN OUT WE, THE PROSECUTIONS TURN OUT WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MAY NOT ONLY AMERICAN PEOPLE, MAY NOT ONLY SEE SOME PEOPLE IN JAIL FOR SEE SOME PEOPLE IN JAIL FOR THESE ALLEGED CRIMES, WE MAY GET THESE ALLEGED CRIMES, WE MAY GET A NEW BOAT AND SOME OTHER NEW A NEW BOAT AND SOME OTHER NEW STUFF, TOO, THE FORFEITURE STUFF, TOO, THE FORFEITURE SECTION OF THIS BOMBSHELL SECTION OF THIS BOMBSHELL INDICTMENT. INDICTMENT. IT TURNS OUT THIS IS A STORY IT TURNS OUT THIS IS A STORY THAT KEEPS GETTING MORE THAT KEEPS GETTING MORE ASTONISHING BY THE DAY. ASTONISHING BY THE DAY. YOU PROBABLY HEARD ABOUT THIS YOU PROBABLY HEARD ABOUT THIS INDICTMENT ALREADY, RIGHT? INDICTMENT ALREADY, RIGHT? GET THIS. GET THIS. SO THE HIGH-RANKING FEMA SO THE HIGH-RANKING FEMA OFFICIAL WHO WAS JUST ARRESTED, OFFICIAL WHO WAS JUST ARRESTED, TURNS OUT SHE HAD A DEPUTY AT TURNS OUT SHE HAD A DEPUTY AT HER POSITION FOR FEMA IN PUERTO HER POSITION FOR FEMA IN PUERTO RICO. RICO. SHE WAS THE TRUMP SHE WAS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S SECTOR LEAD FOR ADMINISTRATION’S SECTOR LEAD FOR POWER AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN POWER AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN PUERTO RICO. PUERTO RICO. HER NUMBER TWO WAS THE DEPUTY HER NUMBER TWO WAS THE DEPUTY SECTOR LEAD FOR POWER AND SECTOR LEAD FOR POWER AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN PUERTO RICO. INFRASTRUCTURE IN PUERTO RICO. WHAT’S HIS BACKGROUND? WHAT’S HIS BACKGROUND? AS FIRST REPORTED BY CBS NEWS, AS FIRST REPORTED BY CBS NEWS, IT TURNS OUT THAT HE, TOO, THE IT TURNS OUT THAT HE, TOO, THE DEPUTY, HAS RECENTLY BEEN DEPUTY, HAS RECENTLY BEEN ARRESTED IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ARRESTED IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT GIANT U.S. GOVERNMENT BRIBERY GIANT U.S. GOVERNMENT BRIBERY SCANDAL. SCANDAL. HE WAS A NAVY OFFICER WHO WAS HE WAS A NAVY OFFICER WHO WAS SUSPENDED FROM HIS NAVY COMMAND SUSPENDED FROM HIS NAVY COMMAND OVER HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN OVER HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THE FAT LEONARD SCANDAL WHICH THE FAT LEONARD SCANDAL WHICH WE’VE COVERED QUITE A BIT ON THE WE’VE COVERED QUITE A BIT ON THE SHOW. SHOW. THE BIGGEST NAVY BRIBERY SCANDAL THE BIGGEST NAVY BRIBERY SCANDAL INVOLVING LOTS OF MONEY AND LOTS INVOLVING LOTS OF MONEY AND LOTS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND LOTS OF HOOKERS AND LOTS OF LOTS OF HOOKERS AND LOTS OF REALLY EXPENSIVE MEALS AT REALLY EXPENSIVE MEALS AT TERRIBLE SOUNDING RESTAURANTS. TERRIBLE SOUNDING RESTAURANTS. THIS GUY WAS SUSPENDED FROM HIS THIS GUY WAS SUSPENDED FROM HIS NAVY COMMAND BECAUSE OF HIS NAVY COMMAND BECAUSE OF HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THE FAT ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THE FAT LEONARD BRIBERY SCANDAL IN THE LEONARD BRIBERY SCANDAL IN THE NAVY. NAVY. NEVERTHELESS WHEN THE TRUMP NEVERTHELESS WHEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TOOK OFFICE IN ADMINISTRATION TOOK OFFICE IN 2017, THEY DECIDED THAT THAT’S 2017, THEY DECIDED THAT THAT’S THE GUY THEY WOULD HIRE TO THE THE GUY THEY WOULD HIRE TO THE SENIOR ROLE IN FEMA. SENIOR ROLE IN FEMA. DID THEY ASK THE MILITARY WHY IT DID THEY ASK THE MILITARY WHY IT GUY HAD BEEN SUSPENDED FROM HIS GUY HAD BEEN SUSPENDED FROM HIS NAVY COMMAND BY ANY CHANCE NAVY COMMAND BY ANY CHANCE BEFORE THEY HIRED HIM? BEFORE THEY HIRED HIM? I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. ANY MYSTERY AROUND THAT PART OF ANY MYSTERY AROUND THAT PART OF THE GUY’S PAST WOULD HAVE BEEN THE GUY’S PAST WOULD HAVE BEEN CLEARED UP THIS PAST YEAR IN CLEARED UP THIS PAST YEAR IN AUGUST WHEN HE WAS INDICTED BY A AUGUST WHEN HE WAS INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR HIS FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THAT NAVY ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THAT NAVY BRIBERY SCHEME. BRIBERY SCHEME. HE WAS ARRESTED THEREAFTER. HE WAS ARRESTED THEREAFTER. THE NUMBER ONE PERSON ASSIGNED THE NUMBER ONE PERSON ASSIGNED TO OVERSEE RESTORATION OF POWER TO OVERSEE RESTORATION OF POWER IN PUERTO RICO, THE RESTORATION IN PUERTO RICO, THE RESTORATION OF THE POWER GRID IN PUERTO OF THE POWER GRID IN PUERTO RICO, THAT PERSON HAS NOW BEEN RICO, THAT PERSON HAS NOW BEEN ARRESTED ON TEN FELONY COUNTS ARRESTED ON TEN FELONY COUNTS FOR BRIBERY. FOR BRIBERY. HER DEPUTY ON THE JOB HAS ALSO HER DEPUTY ON THE JOB HAS ALSO BEEN ARRESTED AND INDICTED ON BEEN ARRESTED AND INDICTED ON MULTIPLE FEDERAL ACCOUNTS. MULTIPLE FEDERAL ACCOUNTS. IN HIS CASE IT’S A WHOLE IN HIS CASE IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT BRIBERY SCHEME. DIFFERENT BRIBERY SCHEME. THEY MUST HAVE GOTTEN ALONG SO THEY MUST HAVE GOTTEN ALONG SO WELL AT THE OFFICE, RIGHT? WELL AT THE OFFICE, RIGHT? SECRET SANTA, OH, LOOK, YOU GOT SECRET SANTA, OH, LOOK, YOU GOT ME A SKI MASK. ME A SKI MASK. IS THAT A FINGERPRINT REMOVAL IS THAT A FINGERPRINT REMOVAL KIT? KIT? OH, MY GOD. OH, MY GOD. WHO WANTS THE FAKE I.D. FOR WHO WANTS THE FAKE I.D. FOR OPENING SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS? OPENING SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS? I’LL TRADE YOU THAT FOR THE LOCK I’LL TRADE YOU THAT FOR THE LOCK PICKS. PICKS. WHAT WAS GOING ON? WHAT WAS GOING ON? HOW DO YOU END UP WITH — IF YOU HOW DO YOU END UP WITH — IF YOU WERE AIMING AT HIRING MULTIPLE WERE AIMING AT HIRING MULTIPLE FELONY BRIBERY INDICTED — I FELONY BRIBERY INDICTED — I MEAN, THE AND THE — MEAN, THE AND THE — BUT DON’T WORRY. BUT DON’T WORRY. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DECIDED TO SHAKE THINGS UP AND DECIDED TO SHAKE THINGS UP AND GET CONTROL OVER THERE. GET CONTROL OVER THERE. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE TRUMP EARLIER THIS YEAR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW NOMINEE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW NOMINEE TO BE THE NEW HEAD OF FEMA. BE THE NEW HEAD OF FEMA. NOW THEY ANNOUNCED HIM IN NOW THEY ANNOUNCED HIM IN FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY. THEY FORMALLY ANNOUNCED HIM A THEY FORMALLY ANNOUNCED HIM A COUPLE MONTHS LATER. COUPLE MONTHS LATER. IT’S BEEN SIX MONTHS. IT’S BEEN SIX MONTHS. SIX MONTHS. SIX MONTHS. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT NOMINATION INVESTMENT RECENT NOMINATION INVESTMENT RECENT DAYS THERE HAVE BEEN THESE SORT DAYS THERE HAVE BEEN THESE SORT OF VAGUE, SLIPPERY REPORTS THERE OF VAGUE, SLIPPERY REPORTS THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING GOING WRONG MIGHT BE SOMETHING GOING WRONG WITH THIS NOMINATION. WITH THIS NOMINATION. THERE WAS A PERSONAL ISSUE IN THERE WAS A PERSONAL ISSUE IN THE NOMINEE’S BACKGROUND THAT THE NOMINEE’S BACKGROUND THAT WAS TRIPPING UP HIS NOMINATION WAS TRIPPING UP HIS NOMINATION PROCESS. PROCESS. NOBODY WAS WILLING TO SAY WHAT NOBODY WAS WILLING TO SAY WHAT THE PERSONAL ISSUE WAS OR WHY IT THE PERSONAL ISSUE WAS OR WHY IT DIDN’T SURFACE WHEN HE WENT DIDN’T SURFACE WHEN HE WENT THROUGH HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING THROUGH HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING AND WAS CLEARED BY COMMITTEE WHY AND WAS CLEARED BY COMMITTEE WHY IT MIGHT ONLY BE SURFACING AS IT MIGHT ONLY BE SURFACING AS HIS NOMINATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN HIS NOMINATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN HEADING TO THE FLOOR FOR A FINAL HEADING TO THE FLOOR FOR A FINAL SENATE VOTE. SENATE VOTE. IT WAS LATER REPORTED THE IT WAS LATER REPORTED THE PERSONAL ISSUE MIGHT HAVE HAD PERSONAL ISSUE MIGHT HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH AN SOMETHING TO DO WITH AN ALTERCATION. ALTERCATION. OKAY. OKAY. BUT STILL NO SPECIFICS ON THAT. BUT STILL NO SPECIFICS ON THAT. GIVEN THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED GIVEN THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE’S WILLINGNESS TO CONFIRM SENATE’S WILLINGNESS TO CONFIRM BASICALLY ANYBODY FROM THE TRUMP BASICALLY ANYBODY FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR ANY PURPOSE, ADMINISTRATION FOR ANY PURPOSE, THE HOLDUP WITH THIS GUY STARTED THE HOLDUP WITH THIS GUY STARTED TO SEEM A LITTLE WORRYING. TO SEEM A LITTLE WORRYING. THINK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THEY’VE LET THROUGH, RIGHT. THEY’VE LET THROUGH, RIGHT. IT IS HOLDING THIS GUY UP. IT IS HOLDING THIS GUY UP. NOW IT EMERGES FROM REPORTING NOW IT EMERGES FROM REPORTING DONE BY NBC NEWS INVESTIGATIVE DONE BY NBC NEWS INVESTIGATIVE PRODUCER LAURA STRICT LETTER PRODUCER LAURA STRICT LETTER THAT THIS GUY WHO TRUMP THAT THIS GUY WHO TRUMP NOMINATED TO BE THE NEW HEAD OF NOMINATED TO BE THE NEW HEAD OF FEMA, WHATEVER HIS PERSONAL FEMA, WHATEVER HIS PERSONAL ISSUES MAY BE, WHATEVER THE ISSUES MAY BE, WHATEVER THE ALTERCATION WAS, WHATEVER ELSE ALTERCATION WAS, WHATEVER ELSE IS GOING ON WITH HIM, TURNS OUT IS GOING ON WITH HIM, TURNS OUT HE WAS THE PERSON AT FEMA HE WAS THE PERSON AT FEMA HEADQUARTERS WHO WAS PERSONALLY HEADQUARTERS WHO WAS PERSONALLY INDIVIDUALLY THE POINT OF INDIVIDUALLY THE POINT OF CONTACT AT FEMA HEADQUARTERS IN CONTACT AT FEMA HEADQUARTERS IN D.C. FOR THE OFFICIAL WHO JUST D.C. FOR THE OFFICIAL WHO JUST GOT ARRESTED ON TEN FELONY GOT ARRESTED ON TEN FELONY COUNTS FOR BRIBERY. COUNTS FOR BRIBERY. CHARGED WITH ALLEGED CRIMES THAT CHARGED WITH ALLEGED CRIMES THAT STARTED RIGHT AFTER HURRICANE STARTED RIGHT AFTER HURRICANE MARIA OCTOBER 2017. MARIA OCTOBER 2017. ACCORDING TO THE INDICTMENT HER ACCORDING TO THE INDICTMENT HER ALLEGED CRIMES STARTED IN ALLEGED CRIMES STARTED IN OCTOBER 2017 AND CONTINUED OCTOBER 2017 AND CONTINUED THROUGH APRIL OF THIS YEAR, THROUGH APRIL OF THIS YEAR, APRIL 2019. APRIL 2019. WE HAVE OBTAINED AN APRIL 2019 WE HAVE OBTAINED AN APRIL 2019 FEMA ORG CHART. FEMA ORG CHART. HERE IS THE DEPUTY REGIONAL HERE IS THE DEPUTY REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE CARIBBEAN ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE CARIBBEAN AREA, AS IT SAYS AT THE TOP OF AREA, AS IT SAYS AT THE TOP OF THE CHART, THE PERSON WHO WAS THE CHART, THE PERSON WHO WAS CHARGED WITH TEN FELONY COUNTS CHARGED WITH TEN FELONY COUNTS FOR BRIBERY. FOR BRIBERY. THERE IS ONE LINE THAT SHOWS THERE IS ONE LINE THAT SHOWS WHERE SHE CONNECTS TO FEMA WHERE SHE CONNECTS TO FEMA HEADQUARTERS. HEADQUARTERS. THE LINE THAT GOES TO THE RIGHT THE LINE THAT GOES TO THE RIGHT OUT OF HER LITTLE BOX AND OUT OF HER LITTLE BOX AND THERE’S ONE GUY’S NAME IN THAT THERE’S ONE GUY’S NAME IN THAT BOX THAT SHE CONNECTS TO AND BOX THAT SHE CONNECTS TO AND THAT IS THE GUY TRUMP NOMINATED THAT IS THE GUY TRUMP NOMINATED TO BE THE NEW HEAD OF FEMA. TO BE THE NEW HEAD OF FEMA. ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FEMA ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FEMA GAVE US TONIGHT, QUOTE, THE GAVE US TONIGHT, QUOTE, THE DOTTED LINE ON THIS ORGANIZATION DOTTED LINE ON THIS ORGANIZATION AT CHART REPRESENTS A AT CHART REPRESENTS A COORDINATING RELATIONSHIP. COORDINATING RELATIONSHIP. OKAY. OKAY. I MEAN, SEPARATE AND APART FROM I MEAN, SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE PERSONAL ISSUE WITH THIS THE PERSONAL ISSUE WITH THIS NOMINEE TO RUN FEMA AND WHATEVER NOMINEE TO RUN FEMA AND WHATEVER THE ALTERCATION MAY HAVE BEEN THE ALTERCATION MAY HAVE BEEN WITH THIS GUY IF THERE WAS ONE. WITH THIS GUY IF THERE WAS ONE. THEY HAVE TO GIVE THE GUY A REDO THEY HAVE TO GIVE THE GUY A REDO CONFIRMATION HEARING? CONFIRMATION HEARING? TELL US MORE ABOUT THE BILLION TELL US MORE ABOUT THE BILLION DOLLAR FEDERAL BRIBERY SCHEME IN DOLLAR FEDERAL BRIBERY SCHEME IN REGION TWO. REGION TWO. DID THEY COORDINATE THAT WITH DID THEY COORDINATE THAT WITH YOU? YOU? HOW WERE YOUR OTHER REGIONS? HOW WERE YOUR OTHER REGIONS? DID YOU KNOW THE PERSON JUST DID YOU KNOW THE PERSON JUST ARRESTED IN THE BRIBERY SCHEME ARRESTED IN THE BRIBERY SCHEME HAD A DEPUTY RECENTLY ARRESTED HAD A DEPUTY RECENTLY ARRESTED IN A ANOTHER GIGANTIC BRIBERY IN A ANOTHER GIGANTIC BRIBERY SCHEME VOCHG THE U.S. SCHEME VOCHG THE U.S. GOVERNMENT? GOVERNMENT? WAS THAT A PROBLEM IN THE WAS THAT A PROBLEM IN THE OFFICE? OFFICE? WAS THAT A RED FLAG AT ALL? WAS THAT A RED FLAG AT ALL? AND YOU’RE GOING TO RUN THE AND YOU’RE GOING TO RUN THE WHOLE AGENCY NOW. WHOLE AGENCY NOW. WELL, APPARENTLY WE CAN NOW WELL, APPARENTLY WE CAN NOW REPORT MR. BEYER DOES NOT WANT A REPORT MR. BEYER DOES NOT WANT A REDO CONFIRMATION HEARING. REDO CONFIRMATION HEARING. THE WHITE HOUSE IS PULLING THIS THE WHITE HOUSE IS PULLING THIS NEW NOMINATION TO RUN FEMA. NEW NOMINATION TO RUN FEMA. IT WAS A BARROOM ALTERCATION. IT WAS A BARROOM ALTERCATION. WE CAN REPORT EXCLUSIVELY HERE WE CAN REPORT EXCLUSIVELY HERE TONIGHT THAT JEFF BYARD SENT A TONIGHT THAT JEFF BYARD SENT A LETTER TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF LETTER TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY LAST THURSDAY HOMELAND SECURITY LAST THURSDAY FORMALLY REQUESTING HIS FORMALLY REQUESTING HIS NOMINATION BE WITHDRAWN OR AT NOMINATION BE WITHDRAWN OR AT LEAST WE CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THE LEAST WE CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF A LETTER WRITTEN TO EXISTENCE OF A LETTER WRITTEN TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY DATED LAST THURSDAY. SECURITY DATED LAST THURSDAY. I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN BUT IT IS DATED SEPTEMBER 12th. BUT IT IS DATED SEPTEMBER 12th. HERE IS THE LETTER. HERE IS THE LETTER. I THINK THIS IS EXCLUSIVE, THE I THINK THIS IS EXCLUSIVE, THE FIRST ANYBODY HAS SEEN THIS FIRST ANYBODY HAS SEEN THIS LETTER AS FAR AS WE ARE AWARE. LETTER AS FAR AS WE ARE AWARE. QUOTE, SECRETARY, SIR, PLEASE QUOTE, SECRETARY, SIR, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS AS MY FORMAL REQUEST ACCEPT THIS AS MY FORMAL REQUEST TO WITHDRAW IN THE FEDERAL TO WITHDRAW IN THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY AGENCY. EMERGENCY AGENCY. SO THAT IS THAT APPARENTLY. SO THAT IS THAT APPARENTLY. WE HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATING ABOUT WE HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATING ABOUT THE BYARD NOMINATION AND HAVE THE BYARD NOMINATION AND HAVE HAD A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH HAD A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH ABOUT THE OFFICIAL ARRESTED, HER ABOUT THE OFFICIAL ARRESTED, HER DEPUTY WHO WAS ALSO ARRESTED ON DEPUTY WHO WAS ALSO ARRESTED ON DIFFERENT BRIBERY CHARGES, ON DIFFERENT BRIBERY CHARGES, ON BYARD’S ROLE AS THE PERSON AT BYARD’S ROLE AS THE PERSON AT FEMA HEADQUARTERS WHO HAD A FEMA HEADQUARTERS WHO HAD A COORDINATING RELATIONSHIP WITH COORDINATING RELATIONSHIP WITH HER, THE ONLY PERSON ON THE ORG HER, THE ONLY PERSON ON THE ORG CHART CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO HER CHART CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO HER OFFICE. OFFICE. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT FOR A COUPLE DAYS NOW AND A LOT FOR A COUPLE DAYS NOW AND A LOT TODAY. TODAY. I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THEY I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THEY CALLED US LITERALLY FIVE MINUTES CALLED US LITERALLY FIVE MINUTES BEFORE SHOW TIME TONIGHT TO TELL BEFORE SHOW TIME TONIGHT TO TELL US THAT ACTUALLY JEFF BYARD HAD US THAT ACTUALLY JEFF BYARD HAD WITHDRAWN HIS NOMINATION LAST WITHDRAWN HIS NOMINATION LAST THURSDAY. THURSDAY. THEY DIDN’T MENTION HIS — WE’RE THEY DIDN’T MENTION HIS — WE’RE ASKING ABOUT BYARD FOR DAYS. ASKING ABOUT BYARD FOR DAYS. THEY DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEY DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HIS NOMINATION BEING WITHDRAWN. HIS NOMINATION BEING WITHDRAWN. FIVE MINUTES BEFORE SHOW TIME FIVE MINUTES BEFORE SHOW TIME TODAY THEY SAID, OH, YEAH HE’S TODAY THEY SAID, OH, YEAH HE’S BEEN GONE FOR A WEEK. BEEN GONE FOR A WEEK. MAKE OF THAT WHAT YOU WILL. MAKE OF THAT WHAT YOU WILL. THE LETTER THEY GAVE US TONIGHT THE LETTER THEY GAVE US TONIGHT IS DATED LAST WEEK. IS DATED LAST WEEK. IT IS DATED SEPTEMBER 12. IT IS DATED SEPTEMBER 12. TONIGHT AXIOS REPORTS ALTHOUGH TONIGHT AXIOS REPORTS ALTHOUGH JEFF BYARD’S NOMINATION WAS NOT JEFF BYARD’S NOMINATION WAS NOT FORMALLY WITHDRAWN PRESIDENT FORMALLY WITHDRAWN PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD A NEW GUY IN MIND TRUMP HAD A NEW GUY IN MIND ALREADY. ALREADY. I’M SURE HE’LL BE GREAT AND I’M I’M SURE HE’LL BE GREAT AND I’M SURE HE’S BEEN CAREFULLY VETTED SURE HE’S BEEN CAREFULLY VETTED OTHERWISE THEY WOULDN’T PUT HIS OTHERWISE THEY WOULDN’T PUT HIS NAME OUT THERE. NAME OUT THERE. THIS IS ANOTHER ON THE PILE OF THIS IS ANOTHER ON THE PILE OF INDICTMENTS SINCE HE HAS BEEN INDICTMENTS SINCE HE HAS BEEN PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. IT IS THE CAREER DESTROYING SOUL IT IS THE CAREER DESTROYING SOUL SUCKING HORROR MOVIE THAT IS THE SUCKING HORROR MOVIE THAT IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REFUSAL TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REFUSAL OR COMPLETE INABILITY TO VET OR COMPLETE INABILITY TO VET PEOPLE FOR SENIOR JOBS OR EVEN PEOPLE FOR SENIOR JOBS OR EVEN NOT SO SENIOR JOBS IN THE U.S. NOT SO SENIOR JOBS IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. ON YET ANOTHER LEVEL THIS IS A ON YET ANOTHER LEVEL THIS IS A FAIRLY KEEN INSIGHT INTO JUST FAIRLY KEEN INSIGHT INTO JUST HOW WELL THE TRUMP HOW WELL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN CARE OF ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN CARE OF THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO. THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO. ESPECIALLY IN THE AFTERMATH OF ESPECIALLY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE NATURAL DISASTER THAT WOULD THE NATURAL DISASTER THAT WOULD NOT HAVE CLAIMED 3,000 AMERICAN NOT HAVE CLAIMED 3,000 AMERICAN LIVES HAD IT NOT BEEN SO LIVES HAD IT NOT BEEN SO DRASTICALLY BOTCHED AS A DRASTICALLY BOTCHED AS A DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT WHEN IT DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND POWER GRID OF PUERTO RICO. POWER GRID OF PUERTO RICO. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE BUT IF YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S OWN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S OWN PERSPECTIVE IN TERMS OF WHAT PERSPECTIVE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY CARE ABOUT AND WHAT THEY THEY CARE ABOUT AND WHAT THEY WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR AND WHAT WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR AND WHAT THEY WANT TO BE SEEN DOING, I THEY WANT TO BE SEEN DOING, I MEAN, THERE’S PRESIDENT TRUMP MEAN, THERE’S PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY AT THE BORDER IN TODAY AT THE BORDER IN CALIFORNIA SIGNING A PIECE OF CALIFORNIA SIGNING A PIECE OF THE BORDER, LITERALLY WRITING THE BORDER, LITERALLY WRITING HIS NAME ON A PIECE OF THE HIS NAME ON A PIECE OF THE BORDER. BORDER. AND HERE’S THE TRUMP AND HERE’S THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAPPILY IN A ADMINISTRATION HAPPILY IN A MILLION DIFFERENT LAWSUITS AND MILLION DIFFERENT LAWSUITS AND REASONABLE CONCERNS INCLUDING REASONABLE CONCERNS INCLUDING NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS TO NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS TO INSTEAD TAKE MONEY FROM WHEREVER INSTEAD TAKE MONEY FROM WHEREVER THE PRESIDENT CAN INCLUDING THE THE PRESIDENT CAN INCLUDING THE U.S. MILITARY BECAUSE IT HAS TO U.S. MILITARY BECAUSE IT HAS TO GO INSTEAD TO THE BORDER BECAUSE GO INSTEAD TO THE BORDER BECAUSE THE BORDER MUST BE SECURED THE BORDER MUST BE SECURED BECAUSE HOMELAND SECURITY IS BECAUSE HOMELAND SECURITY IS EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. THIS IS THE STUFF THEY MOST CARE THIS IS THE STUFF THEY MOST CARE ABOUT, THE STUFF THEY MOST WANT ABOUT, THE STUFF THEY MOST WANT TO BE JUDGED ON, WHERE THEY’RE TO BE JUDGED ON, WHERE THEY’RE PUTTING ALL OF THEIR EFFORT TO PUTTING ALL OF THEIR EFFORT TO THE DETRIMENT OF EVEN OTHER THE DETRIMENT OF EVEN OTHER STUFF THAT HAS REAL POLITICAL STUFF THAT HAS REAL POLITICAL COST WHEN THEY LOW BALL IT, COST WHEN THEY LOW BALL IT, RIGHT? RIGHT? THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS LED BY AN ACTING SECURITY IS LED BY AN ACTING SECRETARY WHO IS SUPPORTED BY AN SECRETARY WHO IS SUPPORTED BY AN ACTING DEFENSEMENTY SECRETARY. ACTING DEFENSEMENTY SECRETARY. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THE NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THE NEWS TODAY THEY JUST FIRED THE TODAY THEY JUST FIRED THE GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE HOMELAND GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY AS WELL, THE TOP SECURITY AS WELL, THE TOP LAWYER. LAWYER. QUOTE, WE THANK JOHN FOR THIS QUOTE, WE THANK JOHN FOR THIS SERVICE AND WE WISH HIM WELL. SERVICE AND WE WISH HIM WELL. THE TOP LAWYER IN HOMELAND THE TOP LAWYER IN HOMELAND SECURITY. SECURITY. THEY PUSHED HIM OUT SO SUDDENLY THEY PUSHED HIM OUT SO SUDDENLY YESTERDAY THE TRUMP YESTERDAY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION STILL DOESN’T ADMINISTRATION STILL DOESN’T KNOW WHO WILL REPLACE HIM. KNOW WHO WILL REPLACE HIM. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS ONE GUY. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS ONE GUY. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAYS SOME OTHER GUY. SECURITY SAYS SOME OTHER GUY. WHO KNOWS? WHO KNOWS? HE HAD TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY. HE HAD TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY. AND WHOEVER IS GOING TO COME IN AND WHOEVER IS GOING TO COME IN TO BE THE NEW GENERAL COUNSEL TO BE THE NEW GENERAL COUNSEL WILL BE ACTING, TOO, ACTING WILL BE ACTING, TOO, ACTING SECRETARY, ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY, ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY, ACTING GENERAL SECRETARY, ACTING GENERAL COUNSEL. COUNSEL. THE SORT OF CHIEF OPERATING THE SORT OF CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER IS THE UNDER SECRETARY OFFICER IS THE UNDER SECRETARY OF MANAGEMENT. OF MANAGEMENT. THAT’S AN ACTING PERSON RIGHT THAT’S AN ACTING PERSON RIGHT NOW AS WELL. NOW AS WELL. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL IS AN CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL IS AN ACTING COMMISSIONER. ACTING COMMISSIONER. I.C.E., AN ACTING DIRECTOR. I.C.E., AN ACTING DIRECTOR. U.S. CITIZENSHIP, AN ACTING U.S. CITIZENSHIP, AN ACTING DIRECTOR. DIRECTOR. AND OF COURSE FEMA, WHERE DO I AND OF COURSE FEMA, WHERE DO I BEGIN. BEGIN. LIKE I SAID, I’M SURE THE NEW LIKE I SAID, I’M SURE THE NEW GUY, THE NEW, NEW GUY WILL BE GUY, THE NEW, NEW GUY WILL BE GREAT. GREAT. I WONDER WHO THEY’LL FIND TO I WONDER WHO THEY’LL FIND TO REPLACE THE FOLKS AGAINST WHOM REPLACE THE FOLKS AGAINST WHOM ALL THE FELONY BRIBERY CHARGES ALL THE FELONY BRIBERY CHARGES ARE PENDING. ARE PENDING. I MEAN, I DON’T THINK — FROM I MEAN, I DON’T THINK — FROM OUR BACK AND FORPT OFTH OF FEMA OUR BACK AND FORPT OFTH OF FEMA THEY TRY TO ASSURE US THEY WOULD THEY TRY TO ASSURE US THEY WOULD NOT BE STAYING ON WHILE CHARGES NOT BE STAYING ON WHILE CHARGES PEND, WHILE THEY’RE OUT ON BAIL? PEND, WHILE THEY’RE OUT ON BAIL? FEMA, I THINK, WAS ASSURING THAT FEMA, I THINK, WAS ASSURING THAT WOULDN’T HAPPEN. WOULDN’T HAPPEN. IT IS HARD TO GET GOOD PEOPLE IT IS HARD TO GET GOOD PEOPLE THESE DAYS. THESE DAYS. AND THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO BE AND THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO BE BEST AT. BEST AT. THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO BE THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO BE SEEN WORKING ON TO THE EXCLUSION SEEN WORKING ON TO THE EXCLUSION OF EVERYTHING ELSE. OF EVERYTHING ELSE. AND NOW TONIGHT AS THE FEMA AND NOW TONIGHT AS THE FEMA DIRECTOR’S NOMINATION IS PULLED DIRECTOR’S NOMINATION IS PULLED IN VERY WEIRD CIRCUMSTANCES, IN VERY WEIRD CIRCUMSTANCES, TONIGHT THERE IS NEW NEWS OF TONIGHT THERE IS NEW NEWS OF WHAT IS JUST NOW FALLING APART WHAT IS JUST NOW FALLING APART IN THE PLAN TO TAKE MONEY FROM IN THE PLAN TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE MILITARY TO PAY FOR THE WALL

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  1. Trump was right. Puerto Rico does have a lot of corruption. He forgot to mention that the corrupt WERE HIS PEOPLE!!!!!!!

  2. Puerto Rico is a bunch of free loaders. In the Dominican Republic we donโ€™t cry like little sissies like them hahahaha

  3. this explains why polosi will never let trump be indicted or impeached https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-i-would-help-nancy-pelosi-if-she-needs-votes-for-speaker-of-the-house/

  4. These RATS went to trump university to learn how to screw the government!!!! This is exactly how the ORANGE IMBECILE became rich, and he's still screwing US!!!! IMPEACH!!!IMPEACH!!!!

  5. That little guy Maddow is full of hot air and lies…. God bless President Trump… Best president in the history of the United States of America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Trump 2020 Pence 2024 Pence 2028…MAGA

  6. we are getting back what we paid for, so what's the big deal. And now, we have to sell that crap for pennies on the dollar, if we want to turn it into cash, so we still lose. The BEST way is NOT to elect CRIMINALS>

  7. Amazing. The Trump regime acts exactly like African regimes whose modus operandi and whole raison d'etre is the thieving of everything not nailed to the floor. Then do everything to stay in power

  8. The Republican choice is CLEAR, they are choosing the party over the country.

    As politicians they are obligated to uphold the Constitution even if it works against them and yet we see rampant corruption due majorly in part by the inaction of Republican legislators.

  9. I knew the swamp was big but damb! Now we have to hook the swamp king trump and his family. After all he knew the swamp was there or he wouldnt have brought it up before the election. The godfather of the government swamp rats and sewer of the corporations.

  10. The Trump administration needs to either stop hiring criminals or institute an IQ test to ensure only the best criminals get access to federal money.

    they've clearly set the bar at Trump's IQ and can't hire anyone that might threaten his position as a stable genius, thus the cavalcade of idiocy

  11. so much bloosly corruption in 'muroka with Donnie dementia at the wheel
    we really need to see his books
    just to find out what he's getting in kickbacks

  12. The "King of Smirk." Is Maddow one ugly dude or what? Jesus, his face and reporting put together must constitute the greatest anaphrodisiac ever invented.

    If Trump bothered to pay any attention to Maddow's horse-face and vomit, he'd never get it up again….

  13. I just wonder how long the traitorous GOP plans to extend this horrible nightmare, how do they simple turn their hypocritical backs on all this. Would they have been fine with this were the Most Honorable President Obama?

  14. The corruption grows and grows under trump trash as the people he hires destroy America and it's citizens! He is a communist traitor and will sell us out to the Russian communist oligarchs and dictators. Over the last 3 years trump has praised communist leaders and dictators and now acts like one! If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck? GUESS WHAT? Not much to figure out here! What happened to democracy?

  15. Trump would have already pardoned them and hired them to build his wall. Why not build the wall using the dead bodies of Porto Ricans?

  16. When will the people who support Trump wake up and see this man for what he is? Do they like being lied to everyday? Do they like being treated like fools who chant insults and pathetic slogans on command?
    Do they like having their tax dollars funneled into the pockets of millionaires and corrupt corporations? Do they like having to pay more for imported goods because of his ridicules tariffs and watch their American farmers face bankruptcy because of Trump's need to play the bully with trading partners ?….it seems like they do!!!

  17. This gives a tiny window into the life of Trump's crimes. There appears to be a joke in checks and balances soooo please continue following the money

  18. Is Madcow still on cable? I wouldn't know I don't watch cable tv it rots your brain. How's the Russia Collusion Delusion these days MSDNC?

  19. If I remember correctly, the very first contractor that no one heard of and only had 2 employees got the 1.3mm contract by answering an ad in Craigโ€™slist!

  20. This nightmare is what happens when Pelosi & Co refuse to take action. Heโ€™s never faced real consequences for anything, so like every kid out there, heโ€™ll keep pushing the boundaries to see what he can get away with. If we donโ€™t impeach, we can expect ongoing and worsening crises on a daily basis

  21. FFS, what is it with the Trump administration? It's nothing but fraud, grift, lies, deceit and crimes,… and still no real accountability for the criminals at the top.

  22. The corruption is through the roof. And this is only the things that we have found out, we don't even know what happens behind closed doors in this travesty of government under donnie.

  23. The Army is now staffing the FEMA detention centers in preparation for any violence from democrats in 2020. They also have been briefed on arrests made of members of Congress and have set up military courts that can expedite sentencing .

  24. 12:10 Follow the money. In this part of the news report, Maddow even provides a picture. Simply connect the dots. And who would you guess is at the very top of this government agency organizational chart? Hint: he's a politician who tweets a lot of misspelled words and inflammatory stupidity.

  25. Trump is only hiring when you proved to be a criminal. This is how Trump knows he can put them in jail from the many crimes if they don't obey. Why do you think he picked Kavanaugh??

  26. Itโ€™s interesting that anyone associated with Trump is corrupt. A contractor and a FIMA official! Canโ€™t imagine how much Trumps close buddies are raping from Americans and putting in their coffers. Itโ€™s unbelievable.

  27. Rachael you should try using your brain. Maybe your show would do better. You must have TDS still. The wall is funded by the military budget because it's a national security issue. Why don't you make a big deal about the military not being funded because of government shutdowns caused by democrats. Who while the shutdown is happening decide to go on a vacation using our tax dollars? Oh, thats right because it wasn't TRUMP it was the democrats. You leaned to far left and fell off your rocker missy.

  28. Aussie here and I just hope that trump is the catastophe which preceeds change. is current age of debacles just could not be scripted.

  29. Come on America you have to put everyone in this administration from the President down in jail I have never in my long life watched anything like this awful train wreck.

  30. Ok, first that picture of the catamaran is not a catamaran. Second, will this corruption ever end and when are we going to do something about it? Thanks for the reporting!

  31. 2:16 "Imagine tooling around on that in your back lawn."

    Ummm…our entire back yard is only slightly larger than the 'dozer. I don't think we'd be going anywhere in it!

  32. A corrupt general contractor hiring corrupt subcontractors. Haha. That is what trump is and the people he brings in. Trump calls them fine no very fine people. Why why is he still in the WH.

  33. I suppose the Trump gang are rubbing their hands and praying for the Hurricane season and more destructive ones extending into 2020. The Mafia always paid off politicians, judges and the police just the same as Trumps gang hoping to share in the governments money tree.

  34. Wait til Trump starts building large sections of a border wall. That's when the corruption and theft really begins. Trump and his family and friends will get a lot of that 25 billion… or 55 billion.

  35. Ah, "The Trouble with Tribbles." All joking aside, this is utterly sickening. People are suffering and dying in Puerto Rico, and FEMA administrators and subcontractors are stealing the money that could save them: Women, children, the elderly – this cannot continue. How can ANYONE do this to their fellow human beings? How do you sleep at night, while engaging in this kind of theft, that means the suffering and deaths of so many people? We know they're all right, though – because we saw Trump throwing rolls of paper towels at them. That should have fixed the problem – shouldn't it have? Why is anybody complaining? It's only our tax money – isn't that what it's for – to buy the President's buddies boats, bulldozers, planes, and office-fulls of incredibly expensive furniture? It's now a gilded, Trumpified Swamp – gone is the old, outmoded regular-corruption Swamp – this is a Swamp made by "The best people" and we are "winning." Aren't we? All the slime has been covered with gold paint.

  36. you forget that trump has been dealing with the mob since the 70's, so crooks and cons are trumps favorite people!. after all there is no bigger con than Donald Trump!.

  37. they are all actors because none of trumps people have a clue as to what it is they are supposed to do, other than steal as much as possible!.

  38. This is how Trump awards contracts. And it is the ONLY reason he gives a crap about building an expensive and wasteful wall at our southern border. Itโ€™s not out or patriotism, or keeping out immigrants who he himself hires. He wants to award the building contracts to friends who will be โ€œgratefulโ€.

  39. Bush, Cheney, and Halliburton did the same corrupt practices on a much grander scale, didn't they? George HW Bush took $2M to give a speech in Japan in the middle of a trade war over dumping Japanese computer chips on the market, but that fight went away after Bush's speech. As Group Captain Mandrake told General Ripper, "Well I would say, sir, that there was something dreadfully wrong somewhere."

  40. Nobody watches your show unless it's some mistake or accident girl your neck is longer than your audience LOL๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘…

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