The FBI arrested two former Puerto Rico officials for providing disaster relief to politically-related contractors.
The arrests on Wednesday have raised concerns on Capitol Hill that corruption on the island will undermine the effectiveness of a recent disaster relief law. Representative Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., Demanded the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico, according to the Washington Post. The FBI's charges are directed against former Puerto Rican Education Minister Julia Keleher, former Minister of Health The head of the insurance agency Ángela Ávila-Marrero and four others who have committed crimes related to US disaster relief. Keleher and Ávila-Marrero both worked in Rosselló's administration before leaving in April and June respectively.
Rosselló himself is not investigated. Grijalva is chairing the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees Hurricane Maria's recovery efforts in 201
"We have now crossed the crucible," said Grijalva. "The restoration of accountability is crucial for the future."
The arrests were made weeks after Congress passed a $ 19 billion disaster relief bill for the island, which still severely damaged the island's infrastructure and power network following the September 2017 hurricane. 19659002] The bill, then considered a victory for the Democrats, provided Puerto Rico with significantly more resources than President Trump wanted. Trump and several Republicans of the house had put the bill on hold for weeks. House conservatives resisted the House democrats' attempt to pass a major financing law without debate.
Trump criticized the political leaders of Puerto Rico in April as "incompetent or corrupt" as he protested Democrats' demands to allocate more resources to the territory.