Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Quick Work

It has to be a record.

The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency’s newly installed secretary, David Bernhardt.

Mr. Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, was confirmed by the Senate last week to head the agency, which oversees the nation’s 500 million acres of public land and vast coastal waters. He has played a central role in writing policies designed to advance President Trump’s policy of “energy dominance” and expanding fossil fuel exploration. He has been dogged by allegations of ethics violations since joining the Trump administration as the Interior Department’s deputy secretary in 2017.

He was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, April 11 and under investigation by Monday, April 15.

Next time just to save the work, not to mention the catering bill, they should announce the replacement at the swearing-in.