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Interior Dept. Launches Probes into New Secretary Bernhardt

HeadlineApr 16, 2019

The new secretary of the interior, David Bernhardt, is being investigated for potential conflicts of interest—just four days after the Senate confirmed him to the position. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General said it received multiple complaints against former oil lobbyist Bernhardt when he was deputy secretary of the interior. CNN reported last month Bernhardt made at least 15 policy decisions that directly benefited former clients since joining the agency in 2017. Bernhardt’s predecessor, Ryan Zinke, stepped down in December amid multiple scandals and ethics investigations, two of which are still ongoing.

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