Five lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday saying her deputy pressured the department’s inspector general on Jan. 3 to drop an internal investigation .
After the inspector general said she would continue, she was told she was being replaced. That decision was reversed after it became public.
Department spokeswoman Liz Hill denied the allegations and said they are being made “purely for political gain.”
The investigation is examining DeVos’ decision to reinstate an accrediting agency shut down by the Obama administration.
By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press