Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Another Loyal Bushie Resigns

Gee, I wonder how big the fire behind this cloud of billowing smoke is?

An Interior Department official accused of pressuring government scientists to make their research fit her policy goals has resigned.

Julie MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, submitted her resignation letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

MacDonald resigned a week before a House congressional oversight committee was to hold a hearing on accusations that she violated the Endangered Species Act, censored science and mistreated staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MacDonald was recently rebuked by the department's inspector general, who told Congress in a report last month that she broke federal rules and should face punishment for leaking information about endangered species to private groups.


MacDonald, a civil engineer with no formal training in natural sciences, had served in her post since 2004. She was a senior adviser in the department for two years before that.

While much of her malfeasance has already been exposed, you have to wonder why she wouldn't go before the Congress to defend herself.

What else has she done in her position as deputy secretary for fish, wildlife and parks that she doesn't want to have to answer for under oath?

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