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Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general says it will investigate a watchdog group’s allegations that acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co.

Dwrena K. Allen, spokeswoman for the inspector general, said Wednesday that Shanahan has been informed of the investigation.

A Washington, D.C., watchdog group filed an ethics complaint with the Pentagon’s inspector general a week ago. The complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington alleges that Shanahan has appeared to make statements promoting Boeing and disparaging competitors, such as Lockheed Martin.

Shanahan told a Senate committee last week that he supports an investigation.

Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press