Dec 15, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Zinke highlights legal defense costs as "a key factor" for resignation

Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Former Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke highlighted expensive defense costs against allegations against him and his family as the reason for his resignation in a statement via Twitter.

"I cannot justify spending thousands of dollars defending myself and my family against false allegations. It is better for the President and Interior to focus on accomplishments rather than fictional allegations."
ā€” Ryan Zinke

The big picture: An ongoing investigation into Zinke was referred to the Justice Department by the agency's Office of Inspector General earlier this year. The referral could result in the DOJ opening up a criminal investigation into Zinke's actions.

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