Recording reveals oil industry execs laughing at Trump access
Interior Department lawyers say Bernhardt is permitted to work on matters affecting his former clients, such as the petroleum association, as long as the issues affect a broad group of players, not just the one client. But the watchdog group Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint accusing Bernhardt of ethics violations for working on California water issues favored by Westlands, his former lobbying client. Bernhardt’s recusal concerning the petroleum association expires in August, and his official calendars do not reflect any meetings to date with IPAA officials.
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