Six more officials in President Donald Trump’s administration are under investigation over possible ethics violations, the Washington Post is reporting.
The latest staffers all work for the Interior Department which has been roiled by investigations into the previous head, Ryan Zinke, who stepped down, only to have his replacement, former lobbyist David Bernhardt also come under scrutiny.
According to the report, “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” are facing investigations by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General.
Domenech is the father-in-law of “The View” panelist Meghan McCain, with The Washington Post adding, “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,” according to reporting in The Guardian.
The reports states, “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.”
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