WASHINGTON.—Decision to proceed with the sacking of Mauricio Clever-Caron as President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) It ends conceiving in four days, but is woven for several months.,
last Monday, group The final report of the investigation into the ethical scandal that led to the downfall of Clever-Carron was received from the IDB. Yesterday, they voted unanimously to sack him. The United States played a key role in building that consensus, which is unusual for a region that is divided over almost everything. The final decision rests with the Board of Governors.
Joe Biden’s government has not hesitated to pressure the bank’s head into Clever-Caron’s departure in the face of evidence revealed by the report on his “unfair conduct”, but also because of The enormous concern generated by the behavior of Clever-Caron himself in the Democratic administrationTo which he accused the bank of intimidation and creating an atmosphere of fear and of trying to obstruct and vitiate the investigation which led to its downfall.
The United States played a decisive role in the fall of Clever-Caron, the first North American to chair the IDB, after being nominated by then-President Donald Trump in October 2020 and winning a controversial election.
Brazil and Colombia, several Central American and Caribbean countries supported his nomination, which was rejected by Argentina, Chile and Peru, a view of the territorial division that disappeared with his dismissal.
The IDB chairman was one step away from being ousted after the executive board unanimously recommended terminating his contract after an independent investigation concluded he had violated the bank’s ethical rules. That work by the Davis Polk law firm found evidence that Clever-Caron had a romantic relationship with his chief of staff, and ordered his first year at the bank to increase his salary by more than 40%. Gave. Epidemic. The newspaper revealed that his salary reached US$420,000 per year. Country,
The investigation arose out of an undisclosed complaint in March this year. group They decided to hire Davis Polk, who presented his final report on Monday, many of the details of which were revealed to the press.
A Treasury Department spokesman said the investigation was “Comprehensive, free and reliable”and found “unfair conduct” that violated the principles and values of IDB.
“President Clever-Caron’s refusal to fully cooperate with the investigation and the creation of an atmosphere of fear of retaliation between employees and borrowing countries has led to a loss of the trust of bank employees and shareholders and a change in leadership is needed. The United States will support an expedited resolution by the Board of Governors,” the spokesperson said.
Defiant, Clever-Caron said in a statement to the media after the vote that it was “shameful” that the Biden administration has commented on the decision group Prior to informing the press and have not defended two US officials against “fabricated information”. An IDB spokesperson declined to comment as the process continues.
In addition, he accused the White House of handing over the bank to China on a “silver platter”. The officer has denied all the allegations against him.
A source familiar with the reasons for the decision said the Biden administration Was particularly concerned about Clever-Caron’s behavior during the investigation.That includes refusing to provide their work phones and other evidence, such as their emails, in a move that clearly violates the principles and values that their employment contract required them to adhere to.
The Biden administration also weighed in on other conducts, including selective and misleading disclosure of sensitive information, intended to stigmatize investigations and shape public opinion. From the standpoint of the Democratic administration, which has always welcomed the removal of a Trump official, Clever-Caron’s attitude eroded his credibility and confidence in his ability to lead a multilateral development institution.
Ultimately, the Biden administration found that its apparent disapproval of the findings of the Clever-Carone investigation, particularly his relationship with his chief of staff, whom he considered increased his salary base to a total of more than 45% in less than a year. . coronavirus pandemic, was unstable, indefensible,
Other conduct that the White House found in depth, the source familiar with the matter said, included creating a work environment in which IDB employees fear retaliation against bank officials and employees who agreed to cooperate with the Davis investigation.