As election day creeps closer, another Trump administration official is tendering their resignation after controversy rocked the departments of Interior and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The New York Times reported Suzanne Israel Tufts turned in her resignation as the assistant HUD secretary. Tufts was reported to be selected for the job as the top watchdog at the Interior Department; however, that was apparently never true.
‘A HUD official announced her resignation Friday, a week after HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in an email to staff that she would take over as Interior’s acting inspector general. Tufts would’ve replaced longtime acting inspector general Mary Kendall.’
The confusion behind her supposed transfer and now resignation began with HUD Secretary Ben Carson sending out an email informing staff Tufts was moving to the Interior. The problem was no one else knew about it. Also, complicating matters was the fact that Tufts was a political appointee – who worked with Trump on his campaign. As a political appointee with ties to the Trump campaign, it would have been beyond inappropriate for her to be in charge of any watchdog investigations into the administration.
The Washington Post reported:
‘Then last Friday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced to agency staff that Tufts would be assigned to Interior. Top White House officials then said they didn’t know about the plan. The apparent arrangement between the Interior Department and HUD raised questions about how and why a political appointee with no experience handling government investigations was chosen to lead such an active watchdog office.’
WaPo reported Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is being investigated in “at least four investigations” by the current Interior deputy inspector general (Mary Kendall).
‘Two of the probes center around the secretary’s involvement in a Montana land deal, and his role in blocking two Connecticut tribes’ application to open a casino.’
The announcement that Tufts would be taking over was criticized by the Interior Department. They called it “100 percent false information.”
What’s important is that Tufts would have never been qualified to perform such a job role in the administration as an inspector general. WaPo noted:
‘The apparent arrangement between the Interior Department and HUD raised questions about how and why a political appointee with no experience handling government investigations was chosen to lead such an active watchdog office.’
Suzanne Israel Tufts has served as a top HUD official since December: while she boasts a law degree and experience in public housing, she does not have a background in government investigations or environmental policy and regulations.
— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) October 16, 2018
WaPo also noted that the Inspector General Act of 1978 states an inspector general should be chosen with no consideration of their political beliefs.
‘While presidents have the right to hire and fire inspectors general, the Inspector General Act of 1978 specifies that candidates should be chosen “without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, or investigations.”‘
After just 7 months at HUD, Suzanne Tufts, a long-time NY Republican attorney who was a GOP poll-watcher on Election Day 2016 in NY, will replace Deputy Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall, who was investigating Trump ally, Ryan Zinke.#Maddow https://t.co/WSyNhXZPvQ pic.twitter.com/kBYwRlX4KB
— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) October 16, 2018
So, if you want to look at this with a really skeptical conspiratorial eye, they were trying to get someone in who would be a friend to the Trump administration’s picks to help further the far-left agenda. If nothing else though, it was a gross example of misinformation spreading through a government that should have their junk together.
Ryan Zinke is facing 14 federal ethics investigations, which the inspector general oversees.
Suzanne Israel Tufts is a trump appointee at HUD. She has now been silently tasked with taking over those investigations.
How to cover up, hide and stop probes with no one knowing.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 16, 2018
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