House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop asked a government watchdog Wednesday for an un-redacted version of a report showing that a senior law enforcement manager used his position for preferential treatment and threatened coworkers.
The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Inspector General (IG) released a report in January detailing how the unnamed senior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official ensured that his family received special treatment during 2015’s Burning Man in Nevada. Local news outlets reported the agent’s name as Dan Love.
The report concerns the senior manager’s “serious misconduct,” Bishop, a Utah Republican, said in a letter to Deputy IG Mary Kendall. DOI has been without a permanent IG since 2009. (RELATED: Gov’t Official Violated Ethics Rules To Get ‘Burning Man’ Tickets)
The agent “violated federal ethics rules when he used his influence with Burning Man officials to obtain three sold-out tickets and special passes for his father, girlfriend, and a family friend,” the January report said.
Burning Man is a massive festival with “a history of illegal drugs, assaults, violence, and other criminal activity, in spite of its largely peaceful reputation,” the report said.
The agent used federal law enforcement officers as escorts during the festival and transported his girlfriend, who shared lodging with him in a BLM trailer, in a BLM vehicle, according to the report.
The agent also tried influencing BLM employees’ interviews with investigators and threatened his coworkers.
“You will forget you saw that,” he told a colleague who asked about his girlfriend in the vehicle.
“You know, if you don’t side with me, grenades are going to go off and you’ll get hit,” the official told a college he thought complained about his potential ethics violations.
Bishop requested the IG hand over the documents by noon Thursday.
Love has previously been involved with numerous Utah sheriff offices and has been described as dismissive and uncooperative, Deseret News reported. He was also involved in an armed standoff with the Clive Bundy family.
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