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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson may have inadvertently spilled the beans on the White House’s attempt to help Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke avoid accountability for rule-breaking. On Friday, Carson sent a “fond farewell” email to department staff announcing that Trump administration political appointee Suzanne Israel Tufts — who in her role at HUD replaced the whistleblower who called out Carson’s since-cancelled $31,000 furniture order — would now take over as the Department of the Interior inspector general. One problem: No one told the current acting inspector general! Acting IG Mary Kendall “is in her office, working as always,” Nancy DiPaolo, a spokesperson for the IG’s office, told TPM Wednesday. “Still no word on it,” DiPaolo said midday Thursday. Then, later Thursday, the story changed: Carson “sent out an email that had false information in it,” Zinke adviser Heather Swift said Thursday. “Ms. Tufts was referred to the Department by the White House as a potential candidate for a position in the Inspector…
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