Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Dirty Deputies

Department of the Interior (DOI)

Leading Trump’s Department of the Interior is Secretary David Bernhardt. Bernhardt is a former oil and gas lobbyist and according to a CAP analysis, has the dubious distinction of being the “most conflicted” of all 31 of Trump’s cabinet-level nominees. The acting secretary has become a central figure in Interior’s carefully constructed system for dispensing political favors, including to many of Bernhardt’s former clients and employers.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

In February 2019, Andrew Wheeler was confirmed to lead of the Environmental Protection Agency after serving as Deputy under disgraced former administrator Scott Pruitt. As a former lobbyist, Wheeler’s highest-paying client was major coal company Murray Energy. Now, as head of EPA, Wheeler has followed directly in Pruitt’s footsteps by undoing protections for our health to instead benefit fossil fuel companies, and has made serious headway on coal magnate and Trump donor Bob Murray’s wishlist.

Department of Energy (DOE)

After former Energy Secretary Rick Perry resigned towards the end of 2019, Dan Brouillette was confirmed by the Senate in December 2019 as the new Secretary of Energy. Brouillette, a former lobbyist for Ford Motor Company, has been serving as Deputy Energy Secretary under Rick Perry since 2017. This confirmation serves as another example of the trend of lobbyists holding cabinet positions.

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