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Inspector General Clears Acting Defense Secretary’s Conflict Of Interest Allegations With Boeing

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter

The inspector general said Thursday that acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan did not act inappropriately on behalf of Boeing while working for the Department of Defense.

The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against Shanahan in March, saying he “allegedly took actions to promote his former employer, Boeing, and disparage its competitors, allegedly in violation of ethics rules,” according to ABC News.

Its complaint prompted an investigation that did not find anything showing Shanahan acted out of line with Boeing while in office, according to The New York Times.

“We determined that Mr. Shanahan fully complied with his ethics agreements and his ethical obligations regarding Boeing and its competitors,” Inspector General Glenn Fine said in a statement. (RELATED: Mattis Retires From Trump Administration)

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (R) listen as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (R) listen as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque.

The news could help Shanahan’s potential path to be promoted to a top Pentagon job by President Donald Trump.

Shanahan worked for Boeing for 31 years until 2017 when he moved to the Pentagon to fill in for then-Defense Secretary James Mattis’s departure. Shanahan said he signed an ethics agreement at the time preventing him from having any further interest in Boeing, according to ABC News.

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