Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bush's Interior Secretary Investigated For Corruption

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A corruption case involving President G.W. Bush's first Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, was referred by the Interior Department's Inspector General to the Justice Department.

At issue in the case is whether Norton violated a law that prohibits federal employees from discussing employment with a company if they are involved in government dealings that could benefit the company. Royal Dutch Shell, PLC, hired Norton within months after she left the post of Secretary of the Interior. Prior to leaving, the Interior Department awarded to Royal Dutch Shell multiple oil shale leases that could generated hundreds of billions of dollars for the company.

Investigators are also determining whether Norton broke a federal "denial of honest services" law, which states that a government official can be prosecuted for violating the public trust, including steering government business to favored firms or friends.