(Bismarck, ND) -- Senator Kevin Cramer, on Friday, responded to the US Department of Defense's Inspector General report auditing the US Army Corps of Engineers' Border Infrastructure Contract.

In a statement Friday night, Cramer says that he has "always been guided by the principle of following the rule of law," saying the situation with the audit is "no different as proven and dismissed by the Inspector General" throughout the report. The Senator godes on to say the complete and total exoneration "is a long time coming from this worthless, partisan fishing expedition."

Earlier this month, Cramer visited the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, observing the operations of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security along the southwest border.

In December 2019, Senator Cramer concluded a review of the Army Corps of Engineers' procurement process, detailing four key findings:

  1. The Army Corps of Engineers' procurement process failed to foster competition, particularly when it comes to price and schedule.
  2. The Army Corps of Engineers set up a procurement process that disfavors new entrants and innovators.
  3. The Department of Homeland Security has abdicated authority for the border wall to the Army Corps of Engineers, which creates a situation in which those who patrol the wall have little say in the speed and manor of construction.
  4. The Army Corps of Engineers failed to meet the most basic standards of good faith cooperation in satisfying the Senator's request for information.