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DOI nominee blames Obama administration for ethics “mess that we inherited”

President Trump’s new pick to head the Interior Department is blaming the agency’s ethical pitfalls on a “mess” inherited by the Obama administration, according to an internal letter obtained by The Hill.

In an internal letter sent to Interior staff Friday, David Bernhardt blamed Obama’s former National Park’s director and others for “an avalanche of ethical misconduct” and vowed to turn the agency around by strengthening its ethics program.

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