Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today requested that the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia thoroughly investigate potential civil and criminal violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act by Department of the Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt, as well as his former lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (Brownstein).
Wyden’s request follows public reports that indicate Bernhardt may have engaged in lobbying activities, including multiple direct lobbying contacts, after de-registering as a lobbyist for Brownstein in November of 2016.
“Add these troubling allegations to the long list of reasons why the nomination of David Bernhardt should be stopped, or at minimum delayed, until the Senate and the American people get all of the facts,” said Wyden. “I’m requesting an investigation because of the serious legal questions that remain unanswered.”
A copy of Wyden’s letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Lu can be found here.
A web version of this release is available here