Pat Shanahan speaks at the grand opening of the Boeing 737 Delivery Center in 2015. Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

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Why it matters: The decision clears up a potential hurdle for President Trump in nominating Shanahan to permanently head the Department of Defense, though the WSJ reports that it "remains unclear what [the president] will do."

Background: The independent watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics filed an ethics complaint in March alleging that Shanahan unfairly promoted Boeing and disparaged competitors like Lockheed Martin while working in government.

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