Trump pick for Air Force boss frustrated auditors with lucrative, murky consulting for nuclear weapons labs
Patrick Malone and R. Jeffrey Smith
Center for Public IntegrityFebruary 28, 2017
A federal inspector contacted the Energy Department fraud hotline a few years back to flag irregularities in contracts that several nuclear weapons laboratories had signed with a former New Mexico Congresswoman whom President Trump has designated to become the new Air Force Secretary.
A far-reaching probe ensued in Washington after the hotline contact, which ended in a demand that the weapons labs give back nearly a half-million dollars to the government. Wilson has said she did not do anything wrong in trading on her Washington experience to become a “strategic adviser” to the labs.
But internal Energy Department documents newly obtained by the Center for Public Integrity make clear that some of the contracting irregularities stemmed from demands specifically made by Wilson in her negotiations with the labs.
As Charlie McMillan of LANS is fond of saying: "Follow the money!"
I wonder, did Charlie sign the "consulting" checks for Heather Wilson?
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