Interior Department official accused of failing to disclose ethics conflict
- January 19, 2022
Adam Peters, Conservative Institute
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made headlines last year when she became the first Native American confirmed to the influential position.
As one recent report confirmed, however, her office is now attracting news coverage for a more alarming reason.
According to the Washington Examiner, a high-ranking member of Haaland’s staff is facing accusations that she failed to disclose a possible ethics conflict.
A pair of watchdog groups, Energy Policy Advocates and Protect the Public’s Trust, were behind the complaint filed on Tuesday.
The organizations assert that senior Haaland counselor Elizabeth Klein did not reveal to the appropriate authorities that she worked on behalf of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, a group founded by progressive billionaire Michael Bloomberg essentially to sue the Trump administration over its environmental policies.