Yet another industry darling: Trump’s new pick for Interior Department deputy

David Bernhardt, Trump’s choice for deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, made at least $80,000 last year for his legal and lobbying services to various energy companies. His possible new role at the agency and his extensive history working on behalf of fossil fuel and mining industries is raising concerns over potential conflicts of interest. He was also embroiled in other ethical and mismanagement scandals. Bernhardt’s career has alternated between federal agencies and the industries they regulate, which has inspired the Center for Western Priorities to call him “a veritable poster boy for the revolving door in and out of Washington.” 

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