Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Sunday asked the Governing Board of the Electric Power Authority to cancel the contract, according to the governor's official Twitter account. Ken Luce, a spokesman for Whitefish, told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle that the company has 325 contractors on the ground, while "the Army Corps and others and their contractors are not there yet". "This was something exclusively determined by the Puerto Rican government".
The governor of Puerto Rico, the USA territory that was devastated by a hurricane a month ago, called Sunday for the immediate cancellation of a contract to restore electrical power to the Caribbean island as questions grow about the small company that was awarded the work. Of note is that Zinke happened to call Murkowski earlier this year and threaten to withhold funding for Alaska if she did not vote in favor of the Republican healthcare bill, which she did not.
Multiple congressional committees have launched investigations into the deal, the terms of which have triggered questions from both Republicans and Democrats. Sen.
At the same time, the island's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, who now controls PREPA, may file suit to block Zamot from taking over, arguing that the control board is making a power grab and exceeding its authority.
The CEO of a company that received a highly scrutinized contract to restore power to Puerto Rico was born and raised in Baldwinsville.
During a news conference Thursday, Rosselló said he was expecting an audit into Whitefish's $300 million contract. "I was surprised that such a small company from Montana got the contract". Zinke met with President Donald Trump on Friday morning, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump did ask Zinke about the contract, to which Zinke denied involvement.
Mrs. Sanders also noted that the deal is being audited, and the White House will wait for the audit to be completed before commenting further. Zinke, a former Montana congressman, knows Techmanski, and Zinke's son also had a summer job at a Whitefish construction site.
Bipartisan concern in Congress escalated for a second day Thursday over the slow pace of power restoration in Puerto Rico and the contract to help fix the electrical grid.
The White House and FEMA, the federal disaster management agency, said on Friday they had nothing to do with hiring Whitefish Energy to restore power in the US commonwealth.