Link courtesy of currentstatus.io.
The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into whether six of President Trump’s 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, three top staffers at the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, and the department’s former energy policy adviser. The Campaign Legal Center detailed the officials’ actions in a Feb. 20 letter to the inspector general’s office, suggesting a probe is 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. …
Downey Magallanes, who was a top adviser to Ryan Zinke, must also be held accountable. She engineered the directive that drastically shrunk the size of Bears Ears National Monument thus allowing BP to drill for oil there. She then abruptly quit and went to work for BP as “Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs” (aka, “Lobbyist”). This is in direct violation of the federal ethics pledge. She plundered a precious natural wonder, which had been held in trust for all Americans, in exchange for a cushy job. Details are in this previous post.
P.S. Just noticed that @matt already included this in “Notables” above. Oops – well I’ll leave it here since the excerpts may be useful.