POLITICS
02/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gates: Ethics Rules May Be Doing Harm

In his testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee, Defense Secretary Bob Gates certainly didn't talk specifics about the controversial nomination of a former Raytheon Co. lobbyist to be his deputy secretary.

But the situation with William Lynn who President Barack Obama named to be Gate's second in command at the Pentagon was clearly on his mind when he said federal rules meant to slow down the revolving door between government and the private sector could actually be crippling the government.

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