Ryan Zinke

Trump announces plan to elevate David Bernhardt to Sec. of Interior

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President Trump announced his plan to formally nominate David Bernhardt for the Secretary of the Interior post on Friday, a promotion from his role as acting secretary and deputy secretary of the interior following Ryan Zinke's departure in late 2018.

Details: Bernhardt's elevation from the No. 2 position was anticipated, after serving in the department for nearly a decade. Bernhardt also worked as U.S. Commissioner for the International Boundary Commission between the United States and Canada. 

Ryan Zinke joins lobbying firm founded by Trump campaign aides

In this image, Ryan Zinke walks out of a black SUV with a red tie.
Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Photo: Shawn Thew - Pool via Getty Images

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are joining Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm founded by former Trump campaign aides, Politico reports.

The big picture: Zinke resigned as interior secretary amid several investigations into his travel and potential conflicts of interest, including a Justice Department probe into whether he lied to investigators from the Interior's inspector general's office — a potential criminal violation. Zinke is the first Trump Cabinet member to join a lobbying firm after leaving the administration.