Pentagon Investigating Border Wall Contract

Pentagon Investigating Border Wall Contract

The Defense Department’s internal watchdog group has decided to investigate a border wall contract worth $400 million.

A letter sent to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) from the Pentagon’s inspector general informed him that the contract was being audited. The agreement under suspicion is with Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. from North Dakota. Thompson actually requested the review last week over concerns that Fisher was not meeting operational requirements.

In his request, Thompson also added that he had “concerns about the possibility of inappropriate influence” on the Army Corps of Engineers because of the company’s relationship with President Trump.

Tommy Fisher, the CEO of the company, appeared on Fox News multiple times talking about the border wall project and has donated to Republican politicians in the past.

Fisher Sand and Gravel Co was awarded the contract earlier this month after Trump endorsed the company. They’re in charge of building 31 miles of the border wall in Arizona.

A spokesperson for Fisher released a statement on Thursday, saying:

“Fisher is committed to full cooperation with any inquiry or audit. Fisher was one of 3 bidders on the Army Corps contract and Fisher was chosen for the award based on the merits of its proposal as the Lowest Priced, Technically Acceptable offeror.”

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