From the Washington Post:

“Smith pressured lower-level officials to approve a deal that disregarded federal environmental laws, harmed the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and left the agency vulnerable to charges of favoritism, according to an Inspector General report.

“The decision should have been left to park biologists and horticulturists, the report said. The Park Service’s horticulturist told investigators that clearing the area made it more likely that nonnative, invasive species would eventually flourish on the hillside and cause erosion.”

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