An ongoing investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been referred to the Justice Department by the agency's Office of Inspector General, the Washington Post reports, citing two individuals familiar with the matter.
Why it matters: This referral could result in the DOJ opening up a criminal investigation into Zinke's actions. Stephen Ryan, counsel to Secretary Zinke, told Axios that Zinke "has not been contacted or notified of any DOJ investigation or Inspector General referral. It is disappointing that unsubstantiated and anonymous sources have described an IG office referral to members of the media, as this violates DOJ and IG policy direction. The Secretary has done nothing wrong."