(From The Washington Examiner)
House Democrats asked the government’s chief ethics officer to investigate Andrew Wheeler, the acting Environmental Protection Agency chief, for possible conflicts of interest.
Wheeler’s “past work as a coal lobbyist, and the many conflicts of interest which that work naturally presents to his leadership of the EPA demand that his meetings and communications be carefully scrutinized so that he is held to the highest ethical standard,” reads a letter sent Friday by four Democrats to the federal ethics office.
The letter follows reports on Wheeler’s public calendar that showed he met with former clients when he was an industry adviser.
“Andrew Wheeler is the Acting Administrator of the EPA because of the departure of Administrator Scott Pruitt, which occurred under a cloud of ethical controversy and scandal that tarnished the reputation of the Agency,” the Democrats said.
They want the ethics office to probe whether Wheeler’s meetings as acting administrator and deputy chief violated the administration’s ethics pledge that states that no appointee can engage with previous clients for two years.