Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on Thursday cleared of any ethics violations in an internal Pentagon investigation into links with his former employer Boeing, where he worked for 30 years.
The report’s findings clear the way for President Donald Trump to officially nominate Shanahan as permanent defense secretary, a post that must be confirmed by the Senate.
“We determined that Mr. Shanahan fully complied with his ethics agreements and his ethical obligations regarding Boeing and its competitors,” the Pentagon’s Inspector General’s office said in a statement.
In March, the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint to the Inspector General’s office following media reports that Shanahan, when serving as deputy defense secretary, had privately promoted Boeing over its main rival Lockheed, which is building the F-35 fighter jet.
“Mr. Shanahan reportedly praised Boeing in discussions about government contracts, said that Boeing would have done much better than its competitor Lockheed Martin had it been awarded a fighter jet contract, and repeatedly ‘dumped on’ the jet Lockheed produced,” CREW said.
“Through his conduct and comments, Acting Secretary Shanahan may have violated (Pentagon) ethics rules,” it said.
Shanahan was the Pentagon’s number two until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a former Marine Corps general, quit in December after disagreeing with Trump’s Syria withdrawal decision.
When he started at the Pentagon in June 2017, Shanahan signed an agreement promising not to weigh in on discussions involving Boeing.
As well as interviewing Shanahan, the Inspector General’s office said it had also talked to 33 other witnesses, consulted 5,600 pages of unclassified documents and 1,700 pages of classified material.
“We did not substantiate any of the allegations,” it said.
‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets
Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.
"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.
Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.
"I'm getting shot," she shouted.
The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"
Law enforcement files discredit Brian Kemp’s accusation that Democrats tried to hack the Georgia election
It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking attempt” of voter registration systems involving the Democratic Party.
But newly released case files from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveal that there was no such hacking attempt.
The evidence from the closed investigation indicates that Kemp’s office mistook planned security tests and a warning about potential election security holes for malicious hacking.
Kemp then wrongly accused his political opponents just before Election Day — a high-profile salvo that drew national media attention in one of the most closely watched races of 2018.
Brooklyn 88 Precinct ‘overrun’ — one night after Minneapolis police station was burned to the ground: report
Protesters have overrun a police station in New York City, according to a CNN law enforcement analyst.
"NYPD source informs me 88 Pct in Brooklyn just been overrun," former FBI Agent James Gagliano reported Friday evening.
"Police Commissioner Shea has called a Level 3 mobilization. Requires all special units respond and four cars from every command in the city to location," he explained.
He said 84 Precinct and Brooklyn North are also "under siege."
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