"Another Abramoff Casualty? Gale Norton Announces Resignation"
The Denver Post reports that Interior Secretary Gale Norton will announce her resignation today. The paper notes:
Norton’s tenure was also marked by repeated ethical controversies. Norton cleared her top deputy, former lobbyist J. Steven Griles, after her inspector general said his conduct showed that the department’s ethics system was “a train wreck waiting to happen.” Griles is now under investigation for allegations that he did the bidding of convicted Indian casino lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Norton is still supporting him.
Recall, Norton received $50,000 from Jack Abramoff, and Abramoff also funneled more than $500,000 to one of Norton’s former political aides, Italia Federici, to gain access to her department.
Here’s a photo to remember her by (note Abramoff on the far right):
UPDATE: A copy of Norton’s resignation letter is available here.