Ethics

DOJ probing whether Ryan Zinke lied to Interior watchdog

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to investigators from the Interior's inspector general's office — a potential criminal violation, according to the Washington Post.

Background: Zinke, who played a key role in Trump's Cabinet by determining the administration’s environmental policies, resigned last month plagued by investigations into his management decisions, business dealings, travel and ethics practices, and spending.

Progressives announce opposition to Pelosi-backed rule changes

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez points finger.
Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Rick Loomis via Getty Images

Top Democrats unveiled a series of proposed changes to House rules Tuesday night, including the creation of a select committee on climate change and an exemption to a ban on hats that would allow members to wear religious headwear on the floor of the House.

The big picture: The rules overhaul is already being opposed by progressive Democrats Ro Khanna and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have said they will vote against the package because of the "pay as you go" (PAYGO) rule — which requires any increase in entitlement spending be offset by paring back other entitlement programs. If more than 16 Democrats defect and no Republicans vote for the package, the Democratic majority won’t be able to pass the package as is.

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