UPDATED 1:38 PM PT – Thursday, April 25, 2019
In a report released on Thursday, the internal watchdog for the Department of Defense found no evidence to support allegations of wrongdoing against acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
The investigation began in March after a series of complaints accusing him of promoting his former employer, the Boeing company, which could have constituted a violation of ethics agreements. These include accusations Shanahan tried to pressure the military into purchasing Boeing aircraft as well as allegations, saying he had disparaged rival companies.
Similar allegations were forwarded from the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, and the claims were circulated in various stories in the media.
The investigation involved a review of over 7,000 pages of documents, including more than 1,500 pages of classified material. Shanahan was also interviewed by the Inspector General’s Office along with 33 other people.
The IG’s report concluded the acting secretary fully cooperated with the investigation, and is in full compliance with his ethics agreements and ethical obligations. This means Shanahan is now cleared to be nominated for permanent status in his position as the secretary of defense.