NPR has a copy of a letter sent by the Department of Interior IG to Charles Monnett and it's pretty much what Eli figured, find something in the contracting
MT has the best cartoon of this entire charade
The polar bear researcher who was suspended from his government job last month has received a new letter from investigators that lays out actions he took that are described as being "highly inappropriate" under the rules that apply to managing federal contracts.
According to the letter, wildlife biologist Charles Monnett told investigators that he assisted a scientist in preparing that scientist's proposal for a government contract. Monnett then served as chairman of a committee that reviewed that proposal.
A lawyer with a group that is assisting Monnett says that what he did was standard practice at Monnett's office, that no other groups were competing for that sole-source contract, and that this letter "confirms our view that they are really on a witch hunt, trying to get Dr. Monnett."
Eli is seriously wondering about the "investigator", one Eric May, who appears to be on a jihad.