LATINO HUD officials knowingly failed ‘to comply with the law,’ stalled Puerto Rico hurricane relief funds

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HUD’s chief financial officer, Irv Dennis, and David Woll, the department’s principal deputy assistant secretary for community planning and development, made the admission Thursday before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

Woll and Dennis, in defending why HUD felt compelled to delay the distribution of funds, echoed previous talking points from HUD Secretary Ben Carson, President Donald Trump and other members of his administration in citing “alleged corruption” and “fiscal irregularities” as well as “Puerto Rico’s capacity to manage these funds.”

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., stressed that during Puerto Rico’s political unrest no indictments were issued against the island’s housing secretary, Fernando Gil-Enseñat, or the department he leads, known as Vivienda.

Both Clark and Woll agreed that Gil-Enseñat is an “honorable head of housing.”

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