By introducing a resolution to investigate the dealings of the Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, Senator John Kendrick of Wyoming helped to expose the Teapot Dome Scandal. The scandal was brought to national attention by the Wall Street Journal which claimed that the Secretary had leased U.S naval petroleum reserve at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome to a private oil company without competitive bidding. Senator Thomas Walsh of Montana led the inquiry. Fall became the first former cabinet officer to be sent to jail for crimes committed while in office.
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