Leahy And Other Senators Announce That The USDA Inspector General Has Opened An Investigation Into Suppression Of Science At The Agency

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and 17 other senators in announcing that the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened an investigation that they requested into potential suppression and alteration of scientific reports, documents, and communications by political appointees at USDA.

The announcement followed a June request by the senators to initiate the investigation following widespread reports of politically motivated decision making at USDA that led to potential instances of suppression and alteration of scientific reports, documents or communications produced by USDA.

Leahy, a leading member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said:  “Reports that the USDA may be suppressing its own climate research are deeply troubling, and I’m glad the Inspector General has initiated this investigation.  We can’t allow politics to undermine scientific integrity.  There is too much at stake for our children and grandchildren.”

A copy of Inspector General Fong’s letter in response to the senators’ request can be found here.


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