The Curious Case of Christi McCoy

But even Brumfield, who originally refuted reports that McCoy’s candidacy had run off the rails, has concluded that “something” is amiss. But what?

Well, let’s start with the rumored “tax” problem. A person familiar with the Mississippi nomination process told us McCoy hasn’t even submitted her tax information to the White House or the Justice Department yet. And an administration official said the vetting process for McCoy hasn’t begun. So that casts doubts on that.

And while we’re on the topic of background checks, another thing worth considering: McCoy’s husband, Dwanye Smith, is the acting agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Oxford office. The DEA regularly conducts background checks on its agents to maintain their security clearances. If the couple had tax issues, or any other skeletons for that matter, they probably would have revealed themselves by now.

Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorney Curtis Ivy is lobbying for the position, though McCoy has the support of Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Travis Childers (D-Miss.). Ivy was in Washington recently for the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and Asset Forfeiture Program (OCDETF) national leadership conference. Ivy, who had been an early favorite for the post, paid a visit to the Congress members’ offices.

Thompson told us that the meeting had “nothing to do with the U.S. attorney” position. He declined to comment on what the two discussed. We’re also told Ivy met with Childers’ staff, though we could not confirm whether he pitched himself as an alternative to McCoy.


hattip NMC