Watchdog Group Demands Investigation Into Potentially ‘Egregious’ Ethics Violation By Biden Admin Appointee
- July 21, 2021
Andrew Kerr, Daily Caller
A government watchdog group filed a complaint Tuesday demanding the Department of the Interior investigate whether a Biden administration political appointee committed an “egregious” ethics violation when he rescinded a directive in June.
The appointee, Deputy Solicitor for Water Resources Daniel Cordalis, rescinded a Jan. 14 memo that, according to watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust, likely delivered a financial boon to the Northern California-based Yurok Tribe, a group that he used to represent in legal matters and that currently employs his wife.
The memo Cordalis rescinded was penned by nonpolitical career officials and would have reduced revenue for the Central Valley Project Improvement (CVPIA), a program that has delivered at least $30.8 million in grants to the Yurok Tribe since 2013.