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Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt

 

April 16, 2019

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David Bernhardt at his confirmation hearing on March 28 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

WASHINGTON - The Interior Department's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency's newly installed secretary, David Bernhardt.

Mr. Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, was confirmed by the Senate last week to head the agency, which oversees the nation's 500 million acres of public land and vast coastal waters. He has played a central role in writing policies designed to advance President Trump's policy of "energy dominance" and expanding fossil fuel exploration. He has been dogged by allegations of ethics violations since joining the Trump administration as the Interior Department's deputy secretary in 2017.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/climate/bernhardt-interior-department-ethics-investigation.html

 

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