New Interior secretary already under investigation

The Interior Department’s inspector general has launched an investigation into ethics complaints against Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who was just confirmed by the Senate last week.

Eight Democratic senators and four government ethics watchdog groups requested inquiries after allegations revealed in The New York Times suggest that Bernhardt, a former lobbyist, used his previous position as Interior deputy secretary to support a policy advocated by a former client.

The Times also reported that Bernhardt kept working as a lobbyist after filing documents saying he had stopped, and that he blocked a report on a chemical pesticide’s threat to endangered species.

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