Newly appointed Home Secretary David Bernhardt is the youngest member of the cabinet of President Donald Trump and is being investigated by his own agency.
The disclosure occurred in a letter to the deputy Betty McCollum, D-Minn. And Sen. Tom Udall, DN.M. Last month, the legislator asked the Inspector General to investigate whether Bernhardt's involvement in the regulatory work affecting former clients was inappropriate. Bernhardt previously served as chairman of the natural resources department of lobby and law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
Deputy General Inspector Mary Kendall told legislators that the office had received "seven complaints, including yours, from a wide range of complainants and an investigation
McCollum and Udall requested an investigation after a New York report Times had been made on Bernhardt's involvement in the conservation of wildlife, which should benefit his former clients in California's agriculture.
The Times later reported that Bernhardt continued driving after spending a few months after testifying for a former customer He had stopped lobbying Westlands Water District, an Interior Department spokesman told the Times that the work was not qualified as "regulated lobbying."
McCollum and Udall welcomed the Inspector General's investigation as an important step in preserving the ö public interest, the federal states and the nation's natural resources.
"The American public deserves the fundamental trust that their Home Secretary cares about their interests ̵
A Home Office spokesman said Bernhardt "fully adheres to its Ethics Agreement and all applicable laws, rules and regulations."
"Secretary Bernhardt is confident that the Inspector General will quickly conduct a review of the related facts issues that have been posed by Democratic Congressional members and political organizations in Washington DC," said press secretary Vander Voort in a statement.
T The Ministry of Interior's portfolio includes monitoring state-owned drilling and mining. This makes Bernhardt a key figure in the implementation of Trump's efforts to reduce bureaucracy and promote energy production and exports.
The survey shows the risk of empowering former lobbyists to regulate and interact with the industries they represent. Andrew Wheeler, who succeeds Pruitt as EPO Administrator, is a former coal lobbyist. William Wehrum, Deputy Administrator of the EPA for the Bureau of Air and Radiation, spent years fighting to reset the air pollution regulations for energy and chemical customers.