Pen­tagon probe clears act­ing de­fense sec­re­tary

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The Pen­tagon’s watch­dog agency on Thurs­day cleared act­ing De­fense Sec­re­tary Patrick Shana­han of wrong­do­ing in con­nec­tion with al­le­ga­tions that he had used his of­fi­cial po­si­tion to fa­vor his former em­ployer, Boe­ing Co.

The de­ci­sion by the De­fense Department in­spec­tor gen­eral ap­pears to open the door for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to nom­i­nate Shana­han to suc­ceed Jim Mat­tis as de­fense sec­re­tary. The White House, how­ever, has not said whether Trump in­tends to do so. Shana­han is not thought to face any or­ga­nized op­po­si­tion to Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion.

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