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David Bernhardt, Interior secretary, cleared of meddling with endangered-species report


Added 12-10-19 09:22:02pm EST - “An inspector general's report released Tuesday found Interior Secretary David Bernhardt committed no wrongdoing during his work as deputy secretary on a scientific assessment evaluating the impact of pesticides on endangered species.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Interior Secretary David Bernhardt cleared of meddling with endangered-species report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Office of Inspector General finds 'no evidence that Bernhardt exceeded or abused his authority'

An inspector general’s report released Tuesday found Interior Secretary David Bernhardt committed no wrongdoing during his work as deputy secretary on a scientific assessment evaluating the impact of pesticides on endangered species.

“We found no evidence that Bernhardt exceeded or abused his authority or that his actions influenced or altered the findings of career FWS [Fish & Wildlife Service] scientists,” said the Interior Department Office of Inspector General in its four-page report.

The OIG’s investigation was spurred by allegations that Mr. Bernhardt improperly intervened in 2017-18 to suppress the agency’s work on pesticides, an accusation that appeared in a March 26 article in the New York Times a month after he was nominated to be Interior Secretary.

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