U.S. Interior chief Bernhardt under inspector general probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department’s inspector general office has opened a probe into recently-confirmed Secretary David Bernhardt on several allegations, including conflict of interest, it said in a letter to lawmakers on Monday. Mary Kendall, the Interior Department’s deputy inspector general, told Senator Ron Wyden in a letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, that it […]

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke takes the low road

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to call a Democratic congressman a drunkard is the kind of sophomoric gesture that hardly gets noticed these days. After all, when the president himself demeans fellow Republicans, insults his former secretary of State, attacks law enforcement, and boasts of grabbing female body parts, what’s a little smackdown coming from a Cabinet secretary? Well, a […]

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Trump praises Interior's Zinke, but vows to look at ethics allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has come under scrutiny for his use of a security detail, chartered flights and a real estate deal, but seemed to leave open the possibility of replacing him. “We’re looking at that, and I do want to study whatever is being said. I think he’s […]

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Probe of U.S. Interior Secretary Zinke's conduct referred to DOJ: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department’s acting inspector general has referred a probe into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct to the Justice Department for further investigation, media reports said on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. Referring a probe to the Justice Department means it will explore whether evidence warrants a criminal investigation. Mary Kendall, the acting inspector general of the […]

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