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Trump Interior Secretary Bernhardt Cleared of Ethics Allegation

Jan. 19, 2023, 8:26 PM

Ethics allegations against former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt related to the California Central Valley Project are unsubstantiated, the agency’s Office of Inspector General said Thursday.

The OIG said in its report that it examined allegations that Bernhardt, who served as the Trump administration’s second Interior chief until 2021, improperly ensured that a California water district received a favorable Bureau of Reclamation contract to receive CVP water.

The watchdog also looked at allegations that Bernhardt withheld information about conflicts of interest related to the CVP and violated his ethics pledge, and that Interior Department officials failed to provide sufficient ethics advice ...