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Tue Apr 23, 2019, 02:17 PM

Six Trump Interior appointees are being investigated for possible ethical misconduct

Source: Washington Post



The Interior Departmentís Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into whether six of President Trumpís appointees have violated federal ethics rules by engaging with their former employers or clients on department-related business.

The new inquiry, which the office confirmed in an April 18 letter to the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, is looking into senior Interior officials, including Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech, White House liaison Lori Mashburn and three top staffers at the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. The Campaign Legal Center detailed the officialsí actions in a Feb. 20 letter to the inspector generalís office, suggesting a probe was warranted.

To avoid conflicts of interest, Trump signed an executive order days after taking office that requires appointees to recuse themselves from specific matters involving their former employers and clients for two years. The complaint, which cites reports in HuffPost and the Guardian as well as extensive public records, outlines how a half-dozen political appointees at Interior continued to discuss policy matters with organizations that had employed them in the past.

The Guardian reported in May 2018 that Domenech, the highest-ranking official named in the complaint, continued to interact with the conservative think tank that used to employ him before he joined Interior.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/04/23/six-trump-interior-appointees-are-being-investigated-possible-ethical-misconduct/?utm_term=.59dfa4fb79e7&wpisrc=al_politics__alert-politics&wpmk=1

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2019, 02:31 PM

1. The Zinke "Count Corruption" posters make that picture a standout.

Energy and Environment
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called police on his neighbors Monday night in a kerfuffle outside his Capitol Hill home

By Juliet Eilperin, Reporter covering domestic policy and national affairs; Darryl Fears; and Lisa Rein
November 6, 2018
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Posters of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have been plastered on street corners near the Interior Department offices in Washington. The posters, like this one on 19th Street NW, portray Zinke as a vampire with a message that says "Count Corruption." (Robert Miller/The Washington Post)
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Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's senior national affairs correspondent, covering the transformation of federal environmental policy. She's authored two books, "Demon Fish: Travels Through The Hidden World of Sharks" and "Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives." and has worked for The Post since 1998. Follow https://twitter.com/eilperin

Darryl Fears is a reporter on the national staff who covers the Interior Department, issues affecting wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Follow https://twitter.com/bydarrylfears

Lisa Rein covers federal agencies and the management of government in the Trump adminstration. At The Washington Post, she has written about the federal workforce; state politics and government in Annapolis, and in Richmond; local government in Fairfax County, Va. and the redevelopment of Washington and its neighborhoods. Follow https://twitter.com/Reinlwapo

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 23, 2019, 02:38 PM

2. Today is crazy day.

Like stuff has been held back to get past Easter Monday and then all hell breaks loose today.

Good Tuesday afternoon to you anyway!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2019, 02:42 PM

3. If you're a "trump appointee," "ethical misconduct" is assured. That's why they're picked.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2019, 03:32 PM

4. I don't think there are enough investigators

to police all these corrupt and immoral Trump people.

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