Ryan Zinke, shown in September of 2017, was the subject of several investigations, the watchdog of the Interior Department.
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The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has launched an investigation, a real-estate deal with the Interior-Secretary of state Ryan Zinke, and the head of the hall, Burton energy companies.
The investigation was first reported by Politico and confirmed by Fox News of Nancy DiPaolo, a spokeswoman for the inspector general’s office.
The investigation focuses on a Foundation Zinke founded to build a park in his home state of Montana. In September of last year, Zinke’s wife, Lola, have signed an agreement so that a group of developers-including Halliburton Chairman David Lesar are using — to, to build his country, a car Park for a development in prong hometown.
Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift has said, he has done nothing wrong and that Zinke has resigned from the foundation board of directors, the deal in front of the country.
Last month, prong, he confirmed, met with Lesar and his son at the Interior Department in August of last year. However, he insisted that he you with the background on the non-profit and the land in their possession.
Democrats called on had to be examined, prong, to determine whether the deal violated conflict-of-interest rules.
“Secretary prong seems to not take seriously its responsibility to the public,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., Politico said on Wednesday. “He turned it to show in the Ryan Zinke, the more about waving his own flag over the building, and do personal business with his friends instead, for the protection of the public lands, and improve the quality of our environment. This formal investigation is made one of many he piled up in his short and unremarkable tenure, and I join my Democratic colleagues in the search for transparency and accountability that the Republicans have not provided so far.”
Zinke, a former Montana Congressman has.not Fox News commented on the opening of the investigation
Fox News’ Kelly Chernenkoff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.