Who is David Bernhardt, the new deputy Interior secretary?
The Senate Monday confirmed controversial lawyer David Bernhardt as deputy secretary of the Interior — the number two executive in charge of managing natural resources. The vote passed 53-43.
“David Bernhardt is a native Coloradan from the Western slope who has a deep understanding of Western land issues,” Sen. Cory Gardner said in a statement Monday. “His command of public policy … will be an enormous asset to (Interior) Secretary (Ryan) Zinke.”
Other groups have questioned the timeline of Bernhardt’s lobbying activities. The Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit watchdog group, filed a complaint Thursday asking the US Attorney for the District of Colombia to investigate Bernhardt for potential violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which requires lobbyists to register with Congressional officials.
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