Six Officials From Trump’s Interior Dept. Accused Of Violating Ethics Pledge

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Six political appointees at the Interior Department are accused by a government ethics group of violating their pledge.

Six political appointees at the Interior Department stand accused by a government ethics group of violating the Trump administration’s ethics pledge, according to The Hill.

In a letter to the Interior’s Office of Inspector General, the Campaign Legal Center requested an investigation into the six employees regarding their compliance with various provisions of the pledge, which includes “cooling-off periods for working on matters involving former employers, restrictions on meeting with former employers or clients and restrictions on dealing with matters for which an employee used to lobby.”

The letter singles out assistant secretary for insular and international affairs Doug Domenech, senior deputy director of intergovernmental and external affairs Benjamin Cassidy, former energy adviser Vincent DeVito, deputy director of intergovernmental and external affairs Timothy Williams, White House liaison Lori Mashburn and director of intergovernmental and external affairs Todd Wynn.

Using public documents, news reports and other sources, the group’s complaint makes specific allegations regarding each individual named, The Hill noted.

“Several political appointees at Interior appear to have violated these provisions, which are specifically designed to prevent public officials from using their positions to favor former employers or lobbying clients,” the letter states.

“Taken together, the violations outlined below suggest a disturbing pattern of misconduct across the Department of the Interior that warrants your office’s immediate attention.”

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