DOI senior counselor’s previous involvement in climate litigation could be a conflict under ‘Biden ethics pledge’

Juliette Fairley, Legal Newsline

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A group that monitors conflicts of interest among government officials believes that climate activist Elizabeth Klein, now serving as senior counselor to Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, may have some problems.

Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, said that ethics regulations and the Biden Administration’s “ethics pledge” are crystal clear: “no official is to participate in any decision, deliberation or action on a particular matter where they or their former employer were involved as a party or where they represented a party.”

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