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FBI makes arrests in Puerto Rico corruption scandal, prompting calls for governorís ouster...
The Washington Post ^ | 7/10/2019 | Jeff Stein

Posted on 07/11/2019 5:41:11 AM PDT by cll

The FBI on Wednesday arrested two former senior officials who served in the administration of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, leading the chairman of the House committee that oversees Puerto Rico to call for the governor to step down.

The arrests also spurred concerns on Capitol Hill about the billions of dollars in aid that Congress has approved for the island.

The federal indictment says the former officials illegally directed federal funding to politically connected contractors. The arrests come about a month after Congress approved a controversial disaster aid bill that earmarked additional funding for Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria in 2017. The aid was tied up in part because President Trump called island officials “incompetent or corrupt.”

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairman of the Natural Resources Committee that oversees Puerto Rico, called on Rosselló to resign amid the ongoing federal investigation.

“We’ve crossed that crucible now,” said Grijalva, who later reiterated on Twitter that he supports Rosselló's resignation. “The restoration of accountability is so key going forward.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: bdo; keleher; puerto; puertorico
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The Mayor of San Juan: "We're just giving Trump more ammunition!"

No s__t, Sherlock...

1 posted on 07/11/2019 5:41:11 AM PDT by cll
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To: rrstar96; AuH2ORepublican; livius; adorno; wtc911; Willie Green; CGVet58; Clemenza; Narcoleptic; ...
Puerto Rico Ping! Please Freepmail me if you want on or off the list.


2 posted on 07/11/2019 5:42:12 AM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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To: cll

I’m pretty sure it’s racist to pursue political corruption in Puerto Rico.


3 posted on 07/11/2019 5:44:08 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: cll

Money+Politician=Corruption


4 posted on 07/11/2019 5:45:25 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I am not an expert in anything, and my opinion is just that, an opinion. I may be wrong.)
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To: cll

Why doesn’t PR open its borders to refugees or even white liberals? You would think they would be open to inclusion and diversity but all I ever hear out of PR pols is hatred for America.


5 posted on 07/11/2019 5:48:13 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: cll

Let’s all recite the Puerto Rican Politicians Pledge.....

“It’s never so screwed up that we can’t steal a little more.”


6 posted on 07/11/2019 6:08:16 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cll
Perp walk pics.


7 posted on 07/11/2019 6:14:13 AM PDT by csvset (illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: cll
officials illegally directed federal funding to politically connected contractors

Obviously these Federal Prosecutors have never heard of California or Los Angeles where this is Standard Practice and done openly
8 posted on 07/11/2019 6:15:19 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: cll

Give BILLIONS to gubmit officials and you get corruption? In PUERTO RICO?

Say it ain’t so.


9 posted on 07/11/2019 6:15:21 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: cll
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairman of the Natural Resources Committee that oversees Puerto Rico

Take a look at their website

Natural Resources Committee

Looks like a lefty operation. I bet an audit of these SOBs would expose numerous crimes.

10 posted on 07/11/2019 6:24:20 AM PDT by csvset (illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: cll

They just now figured this out? Bulls$#t


11 posted on 07/11/2019 6:33:14 AM PDT by Brown Bag Special (Trust but VERIFY)
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To: cll; bitt

Ignorance on parade!
Unintentional mixed-metaphor ALERT!

:: We’ve crossed that crucible now,” said Grijalva ::


12 posted on 07/11/2019 6:34:21 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Did you know that the C_A is the largest venture capital source in the world?)
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To: cll

A relative audits a company down there and he says the whole island is corrupt and the “audit” is nothing but a joke.


13 posted on 07/11/2019 6:36:37 AM PDT by bgill
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Weren’t they all supposed to be starving after the last climate change blew them off the planet?


14 posted on 07/11/2019 6:38:00 AM PDT by bgill
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The fat folks are going to hate jailhouse chow.


15 posted on 07/11/2019 6:39:24 AM PDT by csvset (illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: bgill

I live “down here” and no, the whole island is not corrupt. It’s the political class we are held hostage by that’s chronically corrupt. And the problem is that both major political parties are equally corrupt, and they just trade places every four years.

What we need here is sort of a denazification program like they did with Germany after the war. No one who had ever held an active role in either the PPD or PNP parties should be able to hold public office or get close to public funds, ever. Not them, their children or their grandchildren.


16 posted on 07/11/2019 6:51:04 AM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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To: csvset

Great way to go on a diet.


17 posted on 07/11/2019 6:52:39 AM PDT by McGavin999 (injustice Roberts to taxpayer. Shut up and pay peons, you don’t need to know who gets your money)
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To: cll

——We’ve crossed that crucible now,” ——

The intended statement was we’ve crossed that Rubicon


18 posted on 07/11/2019 6:53:17 AM PDT by bert ( (KE. NP. N.C. +12)There were Democrat espionage operations on Republican candidates)
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To: csvset

Looks like the corrupt perps haven’t been cutting back on the tacos.


19 posted on 07/11/2019 6:57:36 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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I have a local friend whose family is from Puerto Rico and where he still has relatives & visits there often enough each year. On more than one occasion he has said Puerto Rico’s biggest problem is corruption. We may not always agree on U.S, domestic politics, but that hasn’t changed how he views what is wrong in Puerto Rico.


20 posted on 07/11/2019 7:10:35 AM PDT by Wuli
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