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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 08:03 AM

Interior secretary nominee faces jabs over prior lobbying work

The nominee to be President Trumpís second Interior secretary, David Bernhardt, has a lot of experience at the Interior Department. He has also represented the oil industry as a lawyer and lobbyist, and that drew a masked troll to his confirmation hearing Thursday.

ďMembers of the committee, Good morning. I am humbled to appear here today as the presidentís nominee for the position of secretary of the Interior,Ē Bernhardt told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

In the audience, a few rows behind Bernhardt, a woman listened while wearing a green rubber or latex mask that covered her whole head. Space alien? No, this mask had gills: Swamp creature.

Bernhardt is now the acting secretary, and he was the No 2 at the department under President Trumpís prior Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke. Bernhardt also worked in the upper echelons of Interior during the George W. Bush administration. In between, he worked as a lawyer and lobbyist for oil companies and a petroleum industry trade association.

Read more: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/03/28/interior-secretary-nominee-faces-jabs-over-prior-lobbying-work/

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