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“We now have an Interior secretary who has been on the job for one full business day and is already under investigation.”
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 15, 2019 10:38PM
Inspector General opens ethics probe into Interior Secretary David Bernhardt
[www.usatoday.com]
WASHINGTON – The Interior Department's Inspector General has opened an ethics investigation into Secretary David Bernhardt.

The probe, revealed in a letter Monday from Deputy Inspect General Mary Kendall, came at the request of several Democratic lawmakers concerned the former oil and gas lobbyist, who also represented large water utilities, might have had conflicts of interests involving former clients while he was deputy secretary in 2017 and 2018.

The Inspector General's office received seven complaints from "a wide assortment of complainants alleging various conflicts of interest and other violations by (Bernhardt)," Kendall wrote in her letter to Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.

Both serve on committees with oversight responsibilities over Interior.

"We are continuing to gather pertinent information about the complaints and have opened an investigation to address them," Kendall wrote. "We will conduct our review as expeditiously and thoroughly as practicable."

Bernhardt, who was confirmed by the Senate last week, succeeded Ryan Zinke, who left in December under an ethical cloud.


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“This is exactly why I wanted a delay in Bernhardt’s consideration,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who had requested the Senate postpone voting on Bernhardt’s confirmation. “We now have an Interior secretary who has been on the job for one full business day and is already under investigation.”

House Democrats have also complained that Bernhardt may have been destroying his official calendars in violation of recordkeeping laws, prompting the National Archives and Records Administration to seek information from the agency earlier this month.

[www.politico.com]
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Re: “We now have an Interior secretary who has been on the job for one full business day and is already under investigation.”
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: April 15, 2019 10:58PM
“Ms. Kendall became Deputy Inspector General at the Department of the Interior in the fall of 1999.
The evil Clinton administration...

She played an instrumental role in transforming the Office of Inspector General into an innovative organization dedicated to being the independent, objective broker of choice.

The OIG is an oversight organization responsible to the American people, the Secretary, and Congress. The OIG abides by the highest ethical standards and has the courage to tell its customers and stakeholders what they need to know and not just what they wish to hear.“


trump can’t have any of THAT stuff in HIS administration!
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Re: “We now have an Interior secretary who has been on the job for one full business day and is already under investigation.”
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 15, 2019 11:13PM
Yep, time for IG Kendall to go. Drain The Swamp!



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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