Conflicts Threaten To Derail Biden’s Second Pick For Deputy Interior Secretary

Conflicts Threaten To Derail Biden’s Second Pick For Deputy Interior Secretary


Hard-left environmental groups are raising red flags over President Joe Biden’s second pick to serve as deputy Interior secretary, Tommy Beaudreau, as his long list of private clients presents a myriad of potential conflicts of interest for the nominated position.

While President Donald Trump’s nominees were endlessly scrutinized by the press for possible conflicts, no matter how obscure, Biden’s administration appears to be piling up their own, with far less scrutiny.

Beaudreau, an energy lawyer who also served a stint at the Interior Department under President Barack Obama, has represented well more than two dozen clients deeply invested in the industry since leaving the administration for the Los Angeles-based firm Latham and Watkins, according to financial disclosure reported by the Huffington Post. The number of clients, which range across the industry from fossil fuels to renewable energy, far exceeds those of former Trump Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, who was a former fossil fuel lobbyist before joining the department that

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