The New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) has exposed Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio for allegedly misusing his security detail, often referred to as the executive protection unit (EPU) during his failed 2020 presidential run. The DOI’s report spanned 47 pages and the probe, launched about two years ago, reveals he still has yet to re-pay the massive amount of funds used for his run.
DOI investigators said the list of numerous violations “lapses in best practices, corruption vulnerabilities, and inefficient uses of public resources,” Politico reported.
The head of de Blasio’s detail NYPD Inspector Howard Redmond has been referred to the district attorney after it was found he ‘actively obstructed and sought to thwart” the investigation, Politico reported. Redmond could be facing criminal prosecution.
The report highlights numerous instances of city resources being used to help cart DeBlasio’s adult children around town.
De Blasio’s son, Dante, reaped the rewards of being the mayor’s son, according to the report:
Regarding Dante de Blasio’s use of the security detail, DOI’s investigation identified multiple instances when EPU detectives drove Dante de Blasio to or from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, without the Mayor or First Lady present in the EPU vehicle.
The detectives interviewed by DOI asserted that the directives to drive Dante de Blasio came from their superiors, not directly from Mayor de Blasio.
DOI also found that it was common practice for the EPU to drive Dante de Blasio to locations around New York City without the Mayor or First Lady present, typically at the direction of their EPU superiors.
Driving Dante de Blasio took place so often that the DOI reportedly found it “common practice.”
In addition, multiple EPU members helped DeBlasio’s daughter Chiara de Blasio move out of her apartment into Gracie Mansion, and at least one member was reported to have physically moved a futon bed.
The NYPD spent a whopping $319,794 campaign dollars on travel outside New York City limits, and neither the mayor or his campaign has yet to pay it back. “Flights, hotels, rental cars, gas and meals” all account for the high price tag, according to Politico.
De Blasio’s detail was also reportedly used to transport his brother and numerous guests as well as staffers when the mayor was not around. One of the most egregious accusations claims that detail waited outside while Redmond and a City Hall worker sat in a bar for three hours.
DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett sounded off over the report on Thursday, saying the reckless spending is an “invitation to corruption and waste of public resources.”
De Blasio fired back by acting completely unaware.
“I am literally shocked of the number of inaccuracies in this report,” de Blasio said according to Politico.
A spokesperson for de Blasio went on the offense.
“Intelligence and security experts should decide how to keep the mayor and his family safe, not civilian investigators,” Danielle Filson said in a statement.
“This unprofessional report purports to do the NYPD’s job for them, but with none of the relevant expertise — and without even interviewing the official who heads intelligence for the City,” she said. “As a result, we are left with an inaccurate report, based on illegitimate assumptions and a naïve view of the complex security challenges facing elected officials today.”
Garnett didn’t take the blast lying down.
“I don’t think that a mayor who is interested in an independent and effective DOI would be saying that,” she said. “When the rules exist, they apply to everyone, including the mayor.”
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