Trump Admin Braces for New Whistleblower Controversy

A newly-reported whistleblower complaint could spell a new round of trouble for the Trump administration—this time on the subject of environmental protection.

On October 4, 2019, a five-year veteran employee with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) filed “a sweeping whistleblower complaint” which was subsequently obtained by Politico and Type Investigations. The allegations contained in that complaint are shocking and, if true, reveal a newfound culture of lawlessness and exploitation of public lands in service of hardly-masked profit and greed.

The outlets’ joint reporting notes:

[T]he Battle Mountain [BLM] office [in Nevada] has repeatedly disregarded its own environmental rules and regulations to fast-track permits on public land. The historic antipathy toward federal oversight common to this region,combined with a presidential
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