Interior’s Bernhardt worked closely on matters he promised to avoid

The meeting adds to issues around Bernhardt's relationship with Westlands that have been flagged to the inspector general by outside groups like the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog, and congressional Democrats. "I think with this calendar entry saying that he sat in on a meeting that is actually implementing the precise regulation that he lobbied on, I mean, that is really, really problematic," said Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel for the Campaign Legal Center. "You cannot participate in the development, the implementation, the interpretation, the application of the regulation in individual cases if you lobbied on it prior to joining government."

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