The FBI raided the offices of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, Tuesday, over charges of rampant corruption.
According to the Washington Examiner:
“More than 10” but “less than 50” agents based on the Caribbean island arrived at the Municipal Tower at 9 a.m. ET and were still conducting the operation as of 2:30 p.m. when FBI spokesman for the U.S. territory, Carlos Osorio, spoke by phone with the Washington Examiner in the afternoon Tuesday. Osorio described the operation as “pretty big.”
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Agents were seen entering the Municipal Tower with dozens of empty boxes. The federal agents deployed to the third, fourth, 14th, and 15th floors of the 16-floor building, Osorio said. They were looking for any paper and electronic documents related to “corruption” inside the city administration’s purchasing and contracting departments.
FBI man Osorio noted that his office had received credible accusations about corruption in the mayors office.
“We have received allegations that they have been fixing contracts, that they are falsifying documents – these having to do with federal funds because if not, we would not have any jurisdiction,” Osorio said. “They’re not directed at the mayor, but against people that work at the tower”
The FBI will now take the information taken from the offices to see if corruption allegations made by city workers is substantiated.
Mayor Cruz ordered all officials to cooperate with the Bureau.
“At this time, members of the FBI are intervening in the Municipal Tower of SJ. My instructions as always are of total collaboration,” the mayor wrote in a statement. “I have no more information right now. We all have a duty to work together to clarify this situation.”
“If someone has done something wrong, they must be subjected to due process and face the consequences of their actions,” Cruz added.
In October of last year, for instance, Cruz wore an anti-Donald Trump shirt during a TV interview.
Mayor Cruz made a splash during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria with her constant, loud criticism of the Trump administration’s response to the disaster.
She attacked Trump on TV saying, “What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people. When someone is annoyed by someone claiming lack of drinking water, lack of medicine for the sick, and lack of food for the hungry, that person has problems too severe to be explained in an interview.”
But only weeks ago it was discovered that tens of thousands of gallons of water were left sitting and rotting. Only weeks ago 20,000 pallets of bottled water was found sitting unused on a runway in Ceiba, only about 60 miles away from San Juan.
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