The Pentagon’s inspector general says it will investigate a watchdog group’s allegations that acting Defense 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.

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

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

Citing growing threats from China and Russia, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. (March 20)
Citing growing threats from China and Russia, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. (March 20)
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