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The official resigns after Interior Secretary HUD Secretary Ben Carson & # 39; false information & # 39; about personnel change



A Housing and Urban Development official has returned to controversy over HUD Secretary General Ben Carson and Home Secretary Ryan Zinke, a HUD spokesman said Friday.

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The Home Office had said so on Thursday Carson circulated "false information" in an e-mail that would make Hud Political Representative Suzanne Israel Tufts internal guard dog of Interior and raise questions about whether the Trump administration was attempting to investigate Prong to subvert.

Democrats and guard dog groups had complained after an e-mail from Carson to HUD staff last Friday that was received by ABC News, said Tufts, a deputy secretary for administration at HUD, went off to become deputy General Inspector at Interior.

On Friday evening, a HUD spokesman, Raffi Williams, told reporters: "Tufts deputy secretary has offered her resignation and she has been accepted, and Secretary of State Carson thanks her for her service to the government and the country Best."

No further details were given. Attempts to reach Tufts were unsuccessful.

  PHOTO: HUD Plaza in front of the headquarters of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC Getty Images
HUD Plaza in front of the headquarters of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC

The watchdog groups joined the Democrats to ask questions about Tufts being nominated for a job as a policy officer with no particular experience in government oversight, where she could reverse current investigations against Zinke.
Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift said in an e-mail on Thursday that several news items about Tufts are planned to take over Interior Inspectorate's office at Interior are not true.

"This is a classic example of the media turning to conclusions and reports before all the facts are known," Swift said in the email.

"Ms. Tufts was referred to the department by the White House as a potential candidate for a position in the Inspector General's office, and at the end of the day she was not offered a position at Interior," Swift said. However, the exact timing was not clear and Swift did not respond immediately to a request for details.

  PHOTO: The Home Office headquarters is pictured as the magnolia trees bloom in Washington, March 13, 2016. J.David Ake / AP, FILE
The Home Office building is pictured as Magnolia Trees Blooming in Washington, March 13, 2016.

The White House, which may nominate inspectors and reallocate senior officials, has not answered questions.

A spokeswoman for the Inspector General's Inspectorate said she had not received any information about a potential change in staff, and Swift said Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall was still in her job.


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