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FEMA chief Brown resigns in wake of
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Emergency Management Agency Director
Michael Brown, under fire and recalled to Washington in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina, resigned on Monday, senior administration officials said
Under fire for a slow response to Hurricane Katrina, Brown was pulled out
of Gulf Coast operations on Friday and recalled to Washington. President
George W. Bush has been under pressure from Democrats to fire him.
Accusations also arose last week that Brown had exaggerated his
background in disaster relief in his official biography and resume.
The officials would not give any details except to confirm that Brown,
who has been FEMA’s director since 2003, had resigned.
The resignation came three days after Homeland Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff removed Brown from federal relief efforts in the Gulf Coast and
sent him back to Washington.
In announcing his decision, Chertoff said he wanted Brown to be in
Washington to continue administering FEMA.
During a visit to Gulfport, Mississippi, Bush was asked about Brown’s
resignation. He told reporters he had not talked to Brown or to Chertoff but
said he would speak with the Homeland Security chief on the Air Force One
flight back to Washington.
In a way I can’t help feeling sorry for him. Yeah he is a liar and most
likely cost countless lives but he didn’t give himself the job of being FEMA
director – that came from Bush. My own theory on this is that it was decided for
him to resign in hopes to take some heat off of the White House. I just hope
that heat gets turned up and questions are asked about putting cronies into top