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PoliticsWhite House withdraws nominee to head FEMA

04:40  19 september  2019
04:40  19 september  2019 Source:   politico.com

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The White House will withdraw its nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency , according to a White House official and a source familiar with the matter. They confirmed that the Trump administration will pull the nomination of Jeffrey Byard to head FEMA .

The White House has withdrawn its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White , whose Hartnett White , who once headed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and now serves as a fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, has

The White House will withdraw its nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a White House official and a source familiar with the matter.

White House withdraws nominee to head FEMA© Michael Reynolds - Pool/Getty Images 190918_fema_trump_getty_773.jpg

They confirmed that the Trump administration will pull the nomination of Jeffrey Byard to head FEMA. The official said that Byard withdrew his nomination after an accusation surfaced that he was in an altercation. The official also said that the FBI determined that the accusation was unsubstantiated.

The official said the White House will nominate Peter Gaynor, the current acting administrator of FEMA, to lead the agency.

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WASHINGTON — The White House will pull the nomination of Jeffrey Byard to be the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a federal inquiry into a possible barroom altercation involving Mr. Byard prompted concern in Congress and the White House

WASHINGTON – The White House plans to withdraw its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White , according to two administration officials briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced yet.

POLITICO reported last week that Byard’s nomination could be in trouble over the altercation accusation and that he was delayed indefinitely in the Senate. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who oversees the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, acknowledged that the nominee had some problems.

“There were some issues raised that are being investigated,” Johnson said last week.

Trump nominated Byard to lead FEMA in February, after Brock Long, the agency’s head, resigned after he used official cars for personal travel between North Carolina and Washington.

Byard’s personal issues were raised only after the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved his nomination in June.

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