Zinke Resigns from Interior
Written by Andrew-Rossi on December 17, 2018
The first Montanan to have served in a Presidential cabinet is resigning.
Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his resignation to the White House on Saturday. An article in the Washington Post states that Zinke is facing multiple probes tied to real estate dealings in his home state of Montana, as well as his conduct in office.
Administration officials told the Post that despite the positive tweet sent out by President Trump on Saturday morning, praising Zinke for his accomplishments while in office, Zinke had actually been told he had until the end of this year to either resign or be fired.
One of the clouds hanging over Zinke’s administration currently is related to a probe into a land deal that Zinke struck with Halliburton in Whitefish, Montana, determining if the deal was a conflict of interest.
Zinke blamed his departure in a private resignation letter, obtained by The Washington Post, on quote, “vicious and politically motivated attacks.” Endquote.
Zinke is the fourth member of Trump’s Cabinet to resign under an ethics cloud in less than two years.