HUD Official Caught Up In Email Fiasco With Interior Dept. Resigns

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson arrives to testify before the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies on Capitol Hill March... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson arrives to testify before the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies on Capitol Hill March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Secretary Carson has drawn fire from lawmakers for purchasing furniture for his office suite despite agency cutbacks. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A political appointee who was caught up in a dispute between the departments of Interior and Housing and Urban Development has resigned. Assistant HUD secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts was tapped to lead an internal watchdog agency at Interior, but instead has left government.

A HUD official announced her resignation Friday, a week after HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in an email to staff that she would take over as Interior’s acting inspector general. Tufts would’ve replaced longtime acting inspector general Mary Kendall.

Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, said Thursday that Carson’s email “had false information in it.”

A HUD spokesman said Friday that Carson has accepted Tufts’ resignation and thanks her for her service. HUD blamed a “miscommunication” for the mistaken email sent by Carson.

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