DOI's top lawyer under ethics investigation
Friday, August 15, 2003

Department of Interior solicitor Bill Myers, the agency's top lawyer, is being investigated for alleged conflicts of interest.

Myers is a former lawyer and lobbyist for the cattle and ranching industry. An environmental group, Friends of the Earth, has found information that shows Myers arranged meetings with former clients and members of his law firm, Holland & Hart. A department spokesperson said he did not meet with former clients during a one-year recusal period.

Myers requested the Inspector General probe, according to news reports. He is the third Bush administration official to be investigated for alleged conflicts of interest. Deputy Secretary J. Steven Griles and Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke are being reviewed by the Inspector General.

Get the Story:
Ethics Probe Opened on Interior Dept. Lawyer (The Washington Post 8/15)
Interior Lawyer Wants Meeting Probe (AP 8/14)

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