Patrick Shanahan, acting US defence secretary, did not favour Boeing
|bbc.com 25 Apr 2019 at 10:27|
Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has been cleared of allegations that he showed favouritism towards Boeing, his ex-employer.
The defence department s inspector general had been investigating him over a complaint filed in March.
But the inquiry found that Mr Shanahan had "fully complied with his ethical obligations and ethical agreements".
Mr Shanahan, who worked at Boeing for 30 years, was serving as deputy defence secretary at the time the allegations were made.
The report on the inspector general s findings will be submitted to Congress on Thursday and released publicly soon after, officials told the Wall Street Journal.
The outcome could pave the way US President Donald Trump to nominate him as permanent defence secretary, it reports.
The White House is yet to comment on who Mr Trump intends to appoint to the role - the Pentagon s highest civilian position.
Image caption Donald Trump and Patrick Shanahan (L) attend a briefing with military leaders at the White House
The complaints against Mr Shanahan were filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Mr Shanahan always denied the allegations but said he would support the investigation.
He has served as interim Pentagon chief since 1 January after his predecessor, Jim Mattis, resigned over policy differences with Mr Trump.