Interior says HUD Secretary Ben Carson sent ‘false information’ about staffing change

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<pThe Interior Department said Thursday that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonRyan Zinke.

<pDemocrats had complained after an email from Carson to HUD staff last Friday, obtained by ABC News, said Suzanne Israel(MORE: Even as Zinke being investigated, Trump administration expected to nominate political appointee as Interior watchdog)<p

<pOutside groups had joined Democrats in raising questions about whether Tufts, as a political appointee with no specific experience in government oversight, should be nominated for a job where she could quash current investigations into Zinke.

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RM @RepRaulGrijalva, @RepMcEachin, @RepDonBeyer & @RepHuffman are urging scrutiny of the new @Interior Inspector General. It’s deeply concerning that as IG this Trump appointee could interfere with the multiple Zinke Investigations currently underway. https://t.co/D2jQcFmjz3 pic.twitter.com/czpVYCggjV

— Nat Resources Dems (@NRDems) October 18, 2018

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<pInterior spokeswoman Heather Swift said in an email Thursday that multiple news stories reporting Tufts, assistant secretary for administration at HUD, was slated to be nominated to take over the inspector general's office at Interior are not true.

<p"This is a classic example of the media jumping to conclusions and reporting before all facts are known," Swift said in the email.

<p"Ms. Tufts was referred to the Department by the White House<p

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<pA HUD spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The White House, which nominates inspectors general and can reassign senior officials, has not responded to questions.

<pA spokeswoman from the Interior inspector general's office said they have not received any information about a possible staffing change and Swift said deputy inspector general Mary Kendall is still in her job.