EXCLUSIVE Trump nominee Claver-Carone voted out at IDB, threatens legal action

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Visitors walk past a screen displaying the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) logo at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

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MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (Reuters) – The governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) voted Monday to fire Mauricio Claver-Carone, the bank said, after investigations found that the only U.S. president in the 62 – Years of history had an intimate relationship with a subordinate.

The bank’s 14 directors voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend that the board remove Claver-Carone after an independent ethics investigation found evidence that he had had a previous intimate relationship with a senior staffer and may have continued it while she was at the bank. were couches. It also showed that he made decisions about the staffer’s employment, including salary increases totaling more than 45% of base salary in less than a year.

The bank said in a statement that Claver-Carone would leave the bank with immediate effect and that his deputy, Reina Irene Mejia, already the highest-ranking female leader in the bank’s history, would become acting president until a new leader was elected.

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Claver-Carone denied in an interview with Reuters on Monday that he ever had an intimate relationship with the staffer and said he is planning legal action against the bank.

Headquartered in Washington, IDB is a major investor in Latin America and the Caribbean, behind nearly 600 ongoing infrastructure, health, tourism and other projects. It was responsible for $23.4 billion in funding and other financial obligations in 2021, and would lend billions to Argentina in 2022 and 2023 to help ease economic turmoil.

The Cuban-American Claver-Carone was nominated by then-President Donald Trump for a five-year term and took office in October 2020. He had tried to take power away from Argentina and Brazil, which in the past dominated the bank’s agenda, and more of a role for smaller countries.

Investigators also found that Claver-Carone created a hostile environment at the bank, with numerous staff members fearing retaliation and retaliation for their full and fair participation in the investigation, the report found. Ten of the 50 people interviewed for the study expressed such concerns, a source familiar with the study added.

Nominations for Claver-Carone’s replacement, likely a politically charged process, were expected to begin as early as next week.

Some members are pushing for Claver-Carone to be replaced by a woman permanently, several sources informed of the search for his replacement said.

On Monday, after Reuters first reported the governors’ decision, Claver-Carone denied all allegations of wrongdoing and said he had not been informed by the bank about the vote to remove him. He is planning legal action against the bank for breach of contract and possible defamation, he told Reuters. read more

“They have not yet been able to substantiate a single rule that I have broken,” Claver-Carone said, “but we have identified 15 rules that the bank has violated” regarding rights and protections for its employees.

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The IDB hired the law firm Davis Polk to investigate in April after a whistleblower sent an email to bank officials alleging that Claver-Carone had been in a relationship with someone he directly managed. The company presented the findings of its investigation to the bank’s board of directors on Monday.

The report, a copy of which was viewed by Reuters, contained details of what the investigators said was proof of the relationship, including a photo of a handwritten contract on the back of a paper placemat, purportedly written and signed by Claver-Carone and the staffer, who mapped out their plans to become a “legal (de jure) couple” by September 2020. It said “we absolutely deserve happiness” and a clause stating that any breach of contract would result in “candle wax and a naughty box”. “

Asked by Reuters about the placemat, Claver-Carone said he was not shown the original document. He said the document was rejected in the staffer’s divorce proceedings and wondered why it should be included in the IDB investigation.

Claver-Carone said he confirmed he refused to hand over his bank-issued cell phone to investigators because it contained confidential texts from world leaders, and that he had no confidence in the bank’s or law firm’s handling of the investigation.

He said he felt abandoned by the US government.

“I’ve never felt so betrayed by my country,” Claver-Carone told Reuters, who said he was never told by the bank’s legal counsel what to expect from the investigation process. “I haven’t let anyone on the bench talk to me yet, let alone my own government.”

US Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, and a Mexican official who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters that the experiment to nominate someone from outside Latin America had failed and that the bank’s leadership must now move to the region. return.

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Reporting by Cassandra Garrison in Mexico City and Andrea Shalal in Washington; Additional reporting by Dave Graham in Mexico City; Editing by Alistair Bell and Stephen Coates

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Cassandra Garrison

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Reporter from Mexico, focusing on climate change and companies with an emphasis on telecom. Previously based in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, where he handled the Argentine debt crisis, the battle for influence between the United States and China in Latin America, and the coronavirus pandemic.

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