INTERIOR/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump will nominate David Bernhardt to be the new Interior secretary. The announcement in a tweet from the president Monday [2-4-19] ends a nearly two-month-long search for a permanent replacement for Ryan Zinke, who in early December announced his resignation amid multiple scandals and ethics investigations. Bernhardt, who was confirmed as Zinke’s deputy in July 2017, has been acting Interior chief since the beginning of the year…Nine of Interior’s 17 political positions are empty, according to a list compiled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an environmental group made up of government employees.”

Ben Lefebvre, “Trump to nominate Bernhardt as Interior secretary,” Politico, February 4, 2019 4:33 pm