Protect the Public’s Trust drives investigation of alleged improprieties surrounding wedding gifts
David Hutton, Interior Newswire
A watchdog group has kicked off an investigation into whether improper gifts were received at the recent wedding of Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
In a news release, Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) cited a New York Times report that maintains government officials are prohibited from keeping gifts with a value of more than $390. The report also noted that DOI gift guidelines prevent Haaland from accepting gifts of more than $20 from some sources. According to a Breitbart report, PPT filed Freedom of Information requests with the Office of the Solicitor for records detailing Haaland’s wedding, including guest lists.
“While Secretary Haaland’s wedding is certainly an occasion for celebration, it unfortunately presents an opportunity for those so inclined to sidestep the rules that protect the interests of the American public,” Michael Chamberlain, director of PPT said in a news release.