FBI Raids San Juan City Offices After Trump Accuses Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of Corruption
FBI agents raided San Juan's municipal building on Tuesday amid an investigation into purchasing practices used by city officials, including Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. The raid comes several weeks after Donald Trump singled out Cruz -- a vocal critic of the president’s -- while attacking Puerto Rican officials for the slow recovery efforts on the island. Trump accused the municipal officials of allowing widespread corruption. “It was a total mess, it was corrupt -- couldn’t be worse," Trump said in a September interview. “The storms hit and they said, ‘Oh let’s blame Trump for the electric, let’s have Trump -- let’s have Trump fix the electric plant,' which takes a long time to rebuild it, which is a big deal." He derided Cruz as a "horror show" and "totally incompetent person." Allegations made by a former employee point to a pattern of favoritism with the company BR Solutions that has bid for projects with the city for $4.7 million over two years. The FBI said Tuesday's raid was related to that ongoing investigation. Cruz reacted to the raid in a series of tweets pledging her office's full cooperation with authorities. "At the moment, members of the FBI are intervening in the Municipal Tower of San Juan. My instructions as always are of total collaboration," she wrote in Spanish on Twitter. The president has been widely criticized for his lackluster recovery efforts on the island and for insisting, without evidence, that Democrats had inflated the official death toll from the storm in an effort to make him look bad. The island originally reported a death toll of 64 but increased it to 2,975 after a government-commissioned study by George Washington University. Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló has remained adamant that the new official number is accurate. More here.